North Carolina Central University Launches the Marathon Teaching Institute

According to a recent U.S. Department of Education report, African American men make up only about 2 percent of the nation’s educators. North Carolina Central University’s School of Education has introduced a new program to increase minority male representation in education. The Marathon Teaching Institute aims to further assist with developing a more diverse field of top-quality educators.

To be selected for the program, individuals must be a minority male student majoring in education or counseling willing to participate in community service projects. Students also must possess a cumulative 2.7 grade point average or higher and meet all of the university’s Teacher Education Program requirements.

“The NCCU Marathon Teaching Institute responds to diversity needs in education, while also preparing students for academic and career success,” said Audrey W. Beard, dean of the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. “Through mentorship and strategic programming and partnerships, the School of Education will increase its efforts to produce educators to make an impact in local communities that need teachers from diverse backgrounds, especially minority male role models.”

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