Oklahoma State Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
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|Provided by:||Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education|
|TSEIP is a legislative program that reimburses eligible student loan expenses or pays a cash benefit to individuals who graduate from an Oklahoma accredited teacher education program, receive teaching certification in math or science and agree to teach in an Oklahoma public secondary school for at least five years. TSEIP is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.|
|Students must fill out a Participation Agreement Form available through their college or university education department or by calling the State Regents’ Minority Teacher Recruitment Center at 800.858.1840. (Students may sign up as early as their freshman year but should note that teacher employment must be achieved within 16 months of graduating from a four-year institution.) The participation form must be completed and signed before graduation and submitted to the college or university TSEIP coordinator no later than the date of the student’s graduation from a four-year institution in Oklahoma. The State Regents’ office will notify applicants of application receipt, educational loan obligations and any qualifying disbursement benefit opportunities through TSEIP. SPECIAL NOTE: Participants cannot be certified to teach math or science prior to signing the Participation Agreement Form. Applicants must enroll no later than the date of their graduation to be eligible. Eligibility • Individuals must declare an intention to teach in Oklahoma and graduate from an Oklahoma-accredited teacher education program. • Individuals must complete the TSEIP Participation Agreement no later than the date of their graduation. The agreement form can be obtained from the TSEIP coordinator at each postsecondary institution. • Individuals must maintain satisfactory progress in an academic program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree in math or science education. • Individuals must complete an approved program of professional teacher education that includes a student teaching requirement that leads to a certificate to teach math or science at the secondary level. • Alternative or emergency certificates will not qualify. Individuals must be employed to teach either science or math in a secondary classroom at least 75 percent of the time within 16 months of graduating from an accredited university. • Individuals must complete the first full year of eligible full time teaching service by 25 months from their graduation date from a four-year college or university. Amount of Award The annual award is based on a formula not to exceed three times the average annual cost of undergraduate resident tuition and fees at institutions that offer teacher education.|
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