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U.S. Department of Education: Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities—Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel

Deadline: February 6, 2017

The purpose of the Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel program is to support existing doctoral degree programs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel who are well-qualified for, and can act effectively in, leadership positions as researchers and special education/early intervention/related services personnel preparers in institutions of higher education (IHEs), or as leaders in national organizations, State educational agencies (SEAs), lead agencies (LAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), early intervention services programs (EIS programs), or schools.

Federal support can increase the supply of personnel who have the necessary knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions in special education, early intervention, and related services as researchers and special education/early intervention/related services personnel preparers in IHEs, or as leaders in national organizations, SEAs, LAs, LEAs, EIS programs, or schools. Critical competencies for special education, early intervention, and related services personnel vary depending on the type of personnel and the requirements of the preparation program but can include, for example, skills needed for postsecondary instruction, administration, policy development, professional practice, leadership, or research. However, all leadership personnel need to have current knowledge of effective interventions and services that improve outcomes for children with disabilities, including high-need children with disabilities.

There are two types of programs eligible for awards:

  1. Type A programs are designed to prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel as researchers and personnel preparers in IHEs. Type A programs culminate in a doctoral degree.
  2. Type B programs are designed to prepare special education or early intervention administrators to work as leaders in national organizations, SEAs, LAs, LEAs, or EIS programs. Type B programs prepare personnel for positions such as SEA special education administrators, LEA or regional special education directors, school-based special education directors, including those in youth correctional facilities, preschool coordinators, and early intervention coordinators. Type B programs culminate in a doctoral degree.

Amount: Approximately $3,250,000 is available for awards. Awards will range from $225,000-$250,000 per year, for a period of 5 years.

Eligibility: Institutes of higher education and private nonprofit organizations.

Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29371/applications-for-new-awards-personnel-development-to-improve-services-and-results-for-children-with

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