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U.S. Department of Education: Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High-Intensity Needs

Deadline: July 30, 2018

The Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program aims to: (1) help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, and youth with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

The program contains one absolute priority: Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs. The priority aims to increase the number and improve the quality of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve children, including infants and toddlers, and youth with disabilities who have high-intensity needs, especially in areas of chronic personnel shortage. The priority will fund high-quality interdisciplinary projects that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel at the master’s degree, educational specialist degree, or clinical doctoral degree levels for professional practice in a variety of educational settings, including natural environments (including the home and community settings in which children without disabilities participate), early learning programs, classrooms, and school settings serving children, including infants and toddlers, and youth with disabilities.

Proposed projects will be funded under the following two focus areas:

  • Focus Area A: Preparing Personnel to Serve Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs. This focus area is for interdisciplinary projects that deliver core content through shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated clinical experiences for scholars across two or more graduate degree programs in either: (1) Early intervention or early childhood special education and related services for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs; or (2) two or more related services to serve infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs.
  • Focus Area B: Preparing Personnel to Serve School-Age Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs. This focus area is for interdisciplinary projects that deliver core content through shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated clinical experiences to scholars across two or more graduate degree programs in either: (1) Special education and related services for school-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs; or (2) two or more related services to serve school-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs.

Amount: A total of $10,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards through Focus Area A and up to 30 awards in Focus Area B. Awards range from $200,000-$250,000 and average $250,000 per year. The project period is for up to 60 months.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education and private nonprofit organizations. Grantees may award subgrants—to directly carry out project activities described in its application—to the following types of entities: IHEs and private nonprofit organizations suitable to carry out the activities proposed in the application.

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