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New Funding to Diversify the Teacher Pipeline

Published March 29, 2022

Funding from New York state and Nazareth College will support teacher preparation by paying up to half the tuition cost for 30 education students per year at Nazareth for the next five years.

Nazareth College was awarded $975,000 in state Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) II grant funding for students who live in New York and are from racial/ethnic populations historically underrepresented in the teaching field — especially males of color. The program is open to underrepresented racial/ethnic populations of all genders and non-gendered students.

Nazareth has administered TOC grants for the state Education Department since 1989, most recently a five-year TOC II grant for $650,000 that ended in August 2021. 

“As a former TOC recipient, I am honored to work with a new generation of teachers who desire to work with children in some of our most needy schools,” says Kai Strange, director of Nazareth’s Urban Teacher Opportunity Partnership Program (UTOPP). “TOC participants are part of a professional community that supports, guides, affirms, and nurtures them as they prepare for a career in education. It is also exciting to see how TOC alumni continue to support and encourage one another as they network to help each other with their daily responsibilities as educators.”

Eligible students must be committed to teaching in high-need schools and enroll in one of these Nazareth degree programs:

For details and application instructions, see

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.