LVC partners with IU13 to cut cost of graduate school for K-12 educators

May 2, 2024 LebTown By LebTown Staff

An expanded partnership between Lebanon Valley College and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 will make graduate school more affordable for K-12 educators employed by public and private school districts in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.

Through this expanded partnership, eligible educators will be able to take advantage of a 15 or 25 percent tuition discount, depending on which program they choose to enroll in.

The 15 percent discount is applicable to LVC’s Master of Education or Master of Music Education programs. The 25 percent discount applies to five of LVC’s graduate certificate programs: Comprehensive Curriculum and Assessment for PreK-12, Integrative STEM Education, Modern Band, Online Teaching and Learning, and Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness.

“We are excited to provide Lebanon and Lancaster county educational employees with a discount to further their education and enhance their skills and knowledge,” said Dr. Jennifer Kanupka, chair and associate professor of education at LVC, in a press release.

“These experienced school employees working with our regional students will benefit from the extensive professional and academic experiences of LVC’s education faculty and strong alumni support in many area school districts.”

Since LVC was founded in 1866, thousands of teachers have graduated from the college, and some have gone on to become trained specialists, principals, and superintendents. All education programs at the college are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

“We are pleased to partner with Lebanon Valley College and to support local K-12 educators as they pursue an advanced degree in education,” said Dr. Lauren Beal, associate program director for educational partnerships at IU13. “Lebanon Valley College is a valuable community partner, and this program is another example of their dedication to education.”

The longstanding partnership between LVC and IU13 has also included collaborations such as the IU13 School-to-Work program, in which the college hosted high school students with disabilities to train them in real work environments; a tuition benefit for IU13 employees who are students in the college’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness certificate program; and Lancaster-Lebanon Principals’ Collaborative Meetings that the college hosts.

To learn more about the expanded partnership making graduate school more affordable, visit the Tuition Discount Programs tab on the IU13’s website. Direct any LVC-related questions to Cherie Van Zant, associate director of graduate and professional studies at LVC, at

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