- interested in making a difference in the lives of young children with disabilities and their families?
- furthering your career in Early Childhood Special Education?
- afraid that you don’t have the time or money to do it?
Project LEA may be just what you’re looking for!
Project LEA (Project LEA: Leading Educators in Advancing Inclusive Early Education) is a grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education to provide full tuition support for individuals who currently supervise early childhood special education services or who would like to move into a supervisory position. Project LEA is housed at the University of Toledo, a leader in high-quality distance learning programs.
Project LEA offers an online program of study leading to an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) that can be completed in two years of part-time study through the University of Toledo. The Ed.S. degree is an advanced graduate degree for individuals who possess a master’s degree but don’t want to enroll in a doctoral program. Tuition costs for the 32 semester hour program are paid by USDOE.
We are now recruiting individuals to begin the program in Fall, 2015. Individuals enrolled in the program will take 2 courses per semester Fall and Spring semesters, and 3 courses in the first Summer semester, as well as an internship, parts of which can be completed “on the job”. The program of study emphasizes the ability of preschool supervisors to enhance services to young children with special needs and their families through a focus on program outcomes and accountability. The curriculum is aligned with ODE initiatives related to developing teacher leaders, program accountability and Ohio’s Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge grant.
Interested but not ready to enroll in Fall 2015? Project LEA will be recruiting for our final cohort of preschool supervisors to begin the program in spring semester 2017.
In order to be accepted into the program, preschool supervisors must: (a) be eligible for admission to the Ed.S. program at the University of Toledo (i.e., have a 3.0 GPA from an accredited master’s program), (b) be currently supervising preschool special needs teachers, or (c) have an interest in moving into a supervisory position.
Materials and information for our 3rd cohort are now available.
Application Deadline: May 31st, 2015.
- Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, with admission decisions being made on an ongoing basis.
- Admission decisions will be made by June 15th, 2015. Applications received after June 15th will be considered if there are any remaining openings for the cohort.
- Classes start August 24th, 2015.
Please be sure to visit our FAQs for specific details about the program.
As required by the U.S. Department of Education, scholars who receive tuition support through Project LEA will be required to adhere to a Service Obligation that requires them to remain in the field of ECSE for a certain amount of time or pay back the tuition funding.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact our Project Manager Dr. Lyn Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.530.5292. Or, you can apply online at http://www.utoledo.edu/education/grants/projectlea/.