LMU's Graduate Education Programs Recognized by ACRES

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Student teacherThe Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Carter and Moyers School of Education was awarded an Exemplary Program Award from The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) for its Grow Your Own and SAGE grant programs designed to develop and license special educators for rural school districts.

ACRES is a nonprofit organization comprised of special educators, general educators, related service providers, administrators, teacher trainers, researchers and parents who are committed to the enhancement of services to children and adults with exceptionalities living in rural communities. Founded in 1981, ACRES is the only national organization devoted entirely to special education issues that affect rural America.

ACRES members strive to provide leadership and support that will enhance services for individuals with exceptional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them, and for the rural communities in which they live and work. One of ACRES’s goals is to promote national recognition for rural special education, health and human services. The organization recognizes good works through awards like the Exemplary Program Award it bestowed on LMU.

ACRES recognized LMU for the Tennessee Department of Education funded Grow Your Own Grants, which provide innovative, no-cost pathways to the teaching profession by increasing enrollment in Tennessee teacher preparation programs and growing the supply of qualified teachers. LMU was one of seven institutions in the state to receive the funds, but one of the only institutions to focus on rural schools as well as Title 1 and urban and suburban schools.

The ACRES award recognized the overall graduate education program and cited the University’s specific work with Hawkins County Schools as an example of the program promoting Special Education Work in a rural county.

For more information or to apply for the Master of Education Initial Teacher Licensure and Special Education programs contact Susan Long at 865.531.4116 or by email at [email protected]. This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].

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