Grants, Scholarships and Special Programs

PATSEL   Preparing All Teachers to Better Serve English Language Learners (PATSEL): A U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development Grant

Robert Noyce Scholarship  Students studying to teach science or math who intend to spend at least 2 years teaching in a high need school.  Scholarships have been made available by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship  The Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship (WWNJTF) seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds—including current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees—into teaching in high-need secondary schools.  Applicants apply online through the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation.

Leaders as Learners  William Paterson University has been awarded $3.2 million in a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to support the development, enhancement and expansion of innovative programs to recruit, train, and mentor principals for high-needs school districts.

Fulbright Hays Korea Study Trip  The US-NJ-South Korea Project: Exploring Korea's History, Culture and Education System through Experiential Learning (U. S. Department of Education Grant)

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness or Cancellation

Dodge University’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) grant funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
. An interdisciplinary project, it integrates all the students’ subjects, particularly art, science and math. William Paterson University Receives Funding from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Support of Integrating Arts with Science and Math in Paterson School.

MAST Grant
Become part of a U.S. Department of Education funded project to increase America's competitiveness in Mathematics and Science. Earn your degree and begin a rewarding teaching career in Math or the Sciences. Receive individual, academic and professional support before AND after graduation.


  1. MAJOR in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Liberal Studies: Integrated Math and Science, or Mathematics AND Elementary or Secondary Education. (All College of Education teacher candidates must complete two majors.)
  2. TEACH in a high needs (low family income) school for at least two years.

Teacher Preparation, Quality and Capacity
Funding provides support to improve the preparation of new teachers by adding faculty positions in the College of Education, the College of Science and Health and the College or Humanities and Social Sciences, by improving the services and resources for recruiting and retaining prospective teachers, and for improvements to courses.

The new TEACH Grant program provides up to $4,000.00 per year in grant aid for undergraduates, post-baccalaureate, and graduate study to prepare or help prepare highly qualified teachers in high-need fields. A total of $16,000.00 is available for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate study and a total of $8,000.00 is available for pursuit of a Master's degree. Students incur a service obligation in exchange for the grant: four years of full-time teaching is low-income schools within 8 years after completing the course of study. Students who do not fulfill the teaching obligation must repay the grant funds as unsubsidized Direct Loans.

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NJ Statewide Teacher Quality Enhancement Consortium
Funding provides support to improve the preparation of new teachers and to establish Professional Development Schools for experienced teachers working in one school in Paterson, Passaic and Garfield. The project involves faculty from the College of Education, the College of Science and Health, the College or Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Communication. Project has expanded to include additional schools in the original districts as well as Hawthorne and the Passaic County Technical Institute. The Statewide Consortium led by Kean University and includes Rowan University and other local school districts.

Funding is providing support to initiate and establish a new alternate route to teaching program for people seeking to enter teaching as a second career. This consortium is led by Montclair State University and includes New Jersey City University, Newark Public Schools, Paterson Public Schools and Jersey City Public Schools.

Passaic County Professional Development Activities Support Contract
In collaboration with the Passaic County Superintendent of Schools, funding provide support for providing professional development opportunities to teachers in Passaic County.

New Jersey National History Day
Funding provides support for all aspects of this statewide program that encourages high school and middle school students to undertake original research projects and then present their findings through a poster exhibit, performance or media-based presentation. Winners of the statewide contest at William Paterson University attend the National History Day event at the University of Maryland.

Campus-Based Child Care
Funding provides support for improvements to the University's Child Development Center, the initiation of a program in July and August, and for tuition stipends for children of WPU students who are receiving financial assistance.

Early Learning Improvement Consortium
Funding supports research on the effectiveness of preschool programs in 11 Abbott Districts. The Consortium is led by the NJ Department of Education and includes New Jersey City University and Rutgers.

Title I Administrator Professional Development for Paterson Public Schools
Funding provides support for a variety of resources and services for principals and other administrators in several Paterson Public Schools.

CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School)
This project is funded to expand the services and enhance the quality of WPU's Child Development Center. The grant provides scholarships for child care fees at WPU's Child Development Center for low income students, funds to extend sessions to Summer 2, funding to make improvements for NAEYC accreditation, and funds for a monthly parent-child educational activities and general program improvements.

Newark Lighthouse Evaluation Study
Newark Lighthouse Evaluation a study of the process of transforming three typical early childhood programs in Newark into model high-quality programs. The Lighthouse Initiative is a joint project of the Association for the Children of NJ and the Community Loan Fund of NJ to transform 3 existing Newark child care centers into model child care programs (Lighthouses). WPU is the grantee for the research and evaluation component of the Initiative. Initial intensive study identified the level of existing quality across comprehensive variables. Each year, the project conducts extensive qualitative and quantitative data collection to inform the Initiative and the centers themselves of their process and progress toward achieving high quality. The results of this study when complete will have policy and programmatic implications for what it takes to achieve a high quality early childhood program.

New Jersey Consortium for Middle School Teacher Preparation Grant
The New Jersey Consortium for Middle School Teacher Preparation (NJCMSTP) will create a blueprint for the preparation of middle school teachers in New Jersey, based on strong subject matter content knowledge, the effective use of assessment to improve student learning, and intensified experiences in diverse settings. The Consortium is a partnership of four universities (Kean, William Paterson, Rowan and Rider), their respective Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and their partnering local school districts (Bridgeton, Elizabeth, Piscataway, Trenton, Woodbury, Passaic and Wayne). In addition, the Educational Testing Service, a leader in innovations in assessment and professional development, and Apple Computer, a leader in the infusion of technology in today's classrooms, will partner with the Consortium. Through collaboration with liberal arts and sciences, partnering universities will design teacher preparation programs for middle school teachers that include extensive content knowledge. The programs will help to implement the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and New Jersey's recently approved licensing code. Professional development schools at the middle school level in these high-needs districts will provide intensive clinical experiences for teacher candidates and professional growth for teachers in the field. Statewide training in assessment and mentoring will allow the project to impact two critical areas; addressing the achievement gap in high-needs districts at the middle school level and mentor support for induction year teachers.

On Technology In Math & English (On Time) Project
The On Technology In Math and English (On TIME) Project at William Paterson University is a Partnership designed to study and develop effective responses to issues facing the preparation and professional development of middle school teachers (grades 6-8) in urban schools with a language arts/literacy, math, and technology concentration. This will be accomplished using integrated math literacy and technology literacy methodologies and through the study of electronics, finance, and global awareness. The On TIME Project's motivation is centered on two critical and closely related issues:

  1. Ineffective teaching and integration of literacy, math, and technology applications; and
  2. Lack of recruitment and retention of middle school teachers in urban areas with literacy, math, and technology expertise

The On TIME Project core partners include William Paterson University - The College of Education, College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The College of Science & Health, and the Paterson School District - Paterson School #6, Paterson School #7, and Paterson School #26.

The New Vistas Teacher Project
The NVTP creates a sustainable "fast track" program that will dually certify and prepare approximately 220 55 career changers and recent college graduates a year, in the areas of Special Education, ESL, and Bilingual Education. Along with the Elementary, Middle School and High School Certification.  They will teach in three high-needs urban school districts in New Jersey:

  • East Orange School District
  • Elizabeth Public Schools
  • Paterson Public Schools

Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality
The GSPTQ will improve the academic achievement of K-12 students in high need urban schools through the recruitment, preparation and retention of highly qualified teachers in New Jersey. The Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences at William Paterson University, Kean University, and Rowan University, in collaboration with high-need LEAs of Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Passaic, Paterson, and Union City and the New Jersey Department of Education will reach a total of 92,000 students in the highest need school districts in our state.