BASE-TN Grant Renewed at CBU

Financial Support Continues for Special Ed Teachers

Memphis – The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded a three-year renewal of the Become A Special Educator in TN (BASE-TN) grant to Christian Brothers University. This $225,000 grant provides financial support for persons seeking to earn an initial Tennessee teaching licensure in special education or an endorsement in special education.

“The Tennessee BASE-TN grant is a real plus for CBU as well as the teachers and students of the Mid-South,” notes Dr. Richard Potts, Chair of the Education department. “Special Education teachers are in critical demand.  BASE-TN will financially support pre-service or currently certified teachers in achieving their goal of getting or adding an endorsement in special education.” Potts further remarked, “BASE-TN supports CBU’s Lasallian mission of service to the under-resourced through education.”

The BASE-TN grant allows CBU to award a partial tuition scholarship to eligible persons along with a stipend for a portion of their textbooks. To qualify for the scholarship, the individual must have a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than special education and desire licensure; or be currently employed as an educational paraprofessional in a special education classroom and have at least two years of undergraduate coursework or associate’s degree.

In exchange for the BASE-TN award, recipients commit to teach special education for two years in a Tennessee public school for each academic year of financial support received. If for some reason the recipient cannot fulfill this obligation, the award must be repaid.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall Semester. To be considered for the BASE-TN at CBU, you must complete an application by July 15. For admission requirements or for more information, contact Nancy Wilder at or call (901) 321-3385.

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