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ATC Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Teacher Capacity offers professional development in mathematics, statistics, and modeling for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. The project is funded by a grant from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents. If funded for 2015-2016, the ATC project will offer two programs during summer 2015, each with follow-up during the 2015-2016 school year: Modspar and QUANT.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it cost to attend an ATC program?
The registration fee for each of the summer ATC programs is $100. Ask your school district administrators if they will pay your registration fee and reimburse your mileage. The $100 registration fee is returned to ATC scholars after the summer institute in the form of a teacher stipend. Each teacher receives a stipend of $40 per day or $400 for the entire summer institute. Meals and parking are provided. Scholars who live more than 45 miles from Athens receive free accommodations on campus.

Where are the accommodations for residential participants, and will I have to share a room?
Residential scholars stay on campus in a renovated dorm with air conditioning. The dorm is typically within short walking distance of the institute classroom.  Meals will be at a dining hall on campus. You are not required to share a room, although this option is available for teachers who request it.  You will have access to common areas in the dorm to socialize and work with other scholars.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
In many cases, yes. Please contact program manager Mary Harmison at for further information.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending an ATC program?
Yes, all scholars receive a certificate of completion, which can be used for CEUs. Each summer institute is 60 contact hours; and follow-up workshops are 6 contact hours. Scholars who attend all meetings for either QUANT or Modspar will complete 72 contact hours by the end of the program. Scholars who attend both institutes in the same year (with combined follow-up workshops) will complete 132 contact hours.

What is the cost for graduate credit? How many credit hours are earned? When will the course show on my transcript?
Those who enroll in an ATC summer program for graduate credit pay a reduced tuition fee of $600 in addition to the $100 registration fee. Each program is 4 semester hours of graduate credit, comprised of 2 hours of mathematics credit and 2 hours of mathematics education credit. The course will be complete and grades will be posted at the end of the summer session. They should show on your transcript by early fall.

Will the ATC program pay for my substitute teacher on the days I attend the two follow-up workshops?
For 2015-2016, ATC program will reimburse your school district up to $85 per day for the cost of your substitute teacher.

How do I apply? 
Applications for summer 2015 will be available here in February 2015 after funding for the programs has been confirmed.  To apply, you must complete and return the Modspar or QUANT application with your $100 application payment.  Your application will not be accepted without payment.  You can enclose a check with your mailed application, or you can make an online payment by debit or credit card and submit your application as an email attachment to Mary Harmison at

When should I make my $600 tuition payment for optional graduate credit? 
If you plan to enroll in the graduate courses, you can wait to make your $600 tuition payment until after your acceptance in the Modspar or QUANT program has been confirmed.  Your $600 tuition fee must be paid by the first day of the summer institute.

For more information about ATC, contact Mary Harmison.

The total estimated costs for the 2014-2015 ATC project are $294,411, which includes a $168,043 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, covering approximately 57.1% of the total costs.