Scholarships with maximum stipends of $1,000 a year will be given by the University to students working for the new degree of Master of Arts in Teaching next year, President Conant announced yesterday.
The scholarships will be awarded on the same principles as the Prize Fellowships and National Scholarships, in that the stipend in each case will be adjusted to the need of the recipient. The maximum grant will be $1,000 and the minimum $200. The number of scholarships will be five or six depending upon the amount of each award. Applications must be made this spring.
A Revolutionary Change
The establishment of the new kind of Master of Arts degree given jointly by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education marks a revolutionary change in the method of training secondary school teachers. The administrative board which will conduct the work for the degree and will choose the scholarship winners consists of President Conant, George H. Chase '96, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, William E. Hocking '01, professor of Philosophy, William C. Graustein '10, professor of Mathematics, Dr. Richard M. Gummere, chairman of the Committee on Admissions, Henry W. Holmes '03, dean of the Graduate School of Education, Francis T. Spaulding '17, and Howard E. Wilson, associate professors of Education.
Under the new plan the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will set the standards and examine the candidate's knowledge of the subject matter which he proposes to teach, and the Faculty of Education will have charge of the study of educational material and apprentice teaching.
First Joint Degree Given
This is the first time in the history of the University that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education will cooperate to give a joint degree.
The training of teachers under a joint board of two faculties is believed to be unique in American universities. The best features of the two present methods of training teachers will be combined under the plan