Preparation and Retention of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel for High-Need Communities: Connecting Professional Development and Practice (Project EI/EC Connect).
The Department of Exceptional Education is pleased to have receipt of funding for a personnel preparation grant form the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The focus of this project is to increase the quantity and quality of personnel available to work with young children with disabilities and their families in southeastern Wisconsin and to improve the quality of that preparation. Participants will be students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee leading to certification in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
Project EI/EC Connect will focus on the preparation of teachers to serve young children with disabilities and their families who reside in "high-need" communities in southeastern Wisconsin.
- Recruit and support scholar to successfully complete the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification Program at UW-Milwaukee.
- Provide high quality pre-service preparation that is aligned to state and professional organizations.
- Provide coaching during the year of induction to scholars who complete the ECSE Certification.
- Evaluate the quality and cost of the project.
General Eligibility RequirmentsStudents who are enrolled or have applied to the UW-Milwaukee ECSE Program are eligible to apply for these awards. Priority will be given to qualified students who have a strong academic record or documentation of recent superior performance in employment. Post-Baccalaureate and graduate students seeking ECSE certification are eligible.
Recipient's ResponsibilitiesThe award recipients must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completing their approved programs of studies. If a student does not make satisfactory progress or withdraws from the supported program of studies, the student must pay back the funding they have used. The undistributed portion of her/his stipend will be used to support another student. Traineeship recipients also commit to consultation with the project faculty prior to any program change. ECSE certification are eligible.
Selection ProceduresThe Project Selection Committee, composed of three UWM Faculty members, will determine traineeship recipients. The criteria for awarding traineeships include performance of previous academic work, acceptance into UWM's ECSE program, and faculty perceptions of the student's ability to work successfully with children with disabilities or at-risk conditions and their families.
Amount of the Award
- Students currently holding a license in Early Childhood Education will receive up to $10,000 for tuition and a $400 stipend for books.
- Students without Early Childhood Education certification will receive up to $16,000 and a $400 stipend for books.
Tuition awards can be made for graduate or undergraduate credits.
- An application with a cover letter and resume
- Copies of transcripts of all college and university work
- Two letters of reference from individuals who can accurately address your potential for practice in ECSC settings
Dr. Mary McLean
Project EI/EC Connect
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Enderis Hall rm 247
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education