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U.S. Education Department Awards $3.1 Million in Grants to Help Prepare Graduate Students for Leadership in Special Education


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The U.S. Department of Education announced today more than $3 million in grants to higher education institutions to help prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention and related services.

The grants are meant to help fill a need that has developed in the past 20 years for leadership personnel who are prepared at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels to fill faculty positions in special education, early intervention and related services. Similarly, the grants will also help train scholars to eventually serve as supervisors of personnel providing direct services to infants and children with disabilities.

"Our students with disabilities deserve a high-quality education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These awards will help to prepare graduate students to become leaders in special education, early intervention and related services by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need for these fields.

"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," Duncan added.

Ultimately, the funds will help develop a corps of both highly qualified college faculty, as well as future supervisors of personnel providing direct services to infants and children with disabilities.

The Office of Special Education Programs is the primary source of federal funding for doctoral training in special education and early intervention. Following are the grant recipients for the program.

Special Education-Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities/Preparation of Leadership Personnel
Office of Special Education Programs
CFDA 325D

State City Recipient Grant
AZ Tucson University of Arizona $139,723
CA Los Angeles California State University-Los Angeles $250,000
CO Aurora University of Colorado-Denver $249,848
CT Farmington University of Connecticut $249,943
FL Miami Gardens Florida Memorial University $250,000
FL Tallahassee Florida State University $249,839
KS Lawrence University of Kansas $250,000
NC Charlotte University of North Carolina-Charlotte $249,205
NY Syracuse Syracuse University $244,174
TN Nashville Vanderbilt University $250,000
TX Houston University of St. Thomas $250,000
VA Fairfax George Mason University $250,000
WA Seattle University of Washington $249,869
    Total $3,132,601