U.S. Department of Education: Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities—Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High-Intensity Needs
The purposes of this program are to: (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early Start Printed Page 96intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, 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. Applicants must address the absolute priority to increase the number and improve the quality of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve children, including infants and toddlers, 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, specialist, or clinical doctoral levels for professional practice in classrooms and school settings.
An applicant must propose an interdisciplinary project in special education, early intervention, or related services. An interdisciplinary project is a project that delivers core content through shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated clinical experiences as part of master’s, specialist, or clinical doctoral degree programs for scholars across two or more disciplines and that leads to licensure, endorsement, or certification. Not all degree-program requirements (e.g., courses, seminars, and clinical experiences) must be shared across disciplines, but the project must: (a) Identify the competencies needed to address the individualized needs of children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs using an interdisciplinary approach to service delivery; and (b) outline how the project will build capacity in those areas through shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated clinical experiences for scholars supported by the proposed project. Projects may include individuals who are in degree programs (e.g., general education) that are cooperating with, but not funded by, the applicant’s proposed project in the interdisciplinary coursework, group assignments, coordinated field experiences, and other opportunities funded by the project (e.g., speaker series, monthly seminars) if doing so does not diminish the benefit for project-funded scholars (e.g., by reducing funds available for scholar support or limiting opportunities for scholars to participate in project activities).
Applicants must choose one of two focus areas:
- Focus Area A: Preparing Personnel 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
Amount: $9,000,000 is available for grants ranging from $200,000-$250,000 each year for a period of 5 years. The department expects to make 9 awards under Focus Area A and 27 awards under Focus Area B. Up to $100,000 can be used during the first year of the project for planning purposes.
Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; and nonprofit organizations.
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