West Chester, Pa (January 17, 2023) – West Chester University will receive $96,000 in state grant funding to support new teacher preparation programs, State Senator Carolyn Comitta announced today. 

The funding is awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Innovative Teacher Prep2Practice Grant Program

“As a former educator, I have seen the importance of having quality preparation programs that set our teachers up for success in the classroom as they provide our children with a fulfilling educational experience,” said Comitta, who serves on the Senate Education Committee. “With this new funding, we are supporting individuals who wish to enter this rewarding career path while solidifying West Chester University’s place as a leading institution for new educators.” 

The new grant program is designed to stimulate the creation of highly cohesive and innovative clinical experiences for teachers that make explicit connections across the three stages of clinical experience: early clinical experiences starting in the first year of a preparation program, a capstone student teaching experience, and a post-graduate clinical experience. 

Teacher Prep2Practice is one of three initiatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that recently awarded $5 million in total funding to strengthen Pennsylvania’s educator workforce.  

For more information on this and other programs offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education visit www.education.pa.gov.