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Lyn Hale, Project Manager
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Toledo, OH 43606
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- 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) was recently 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.
We are currently recruiting individuals to begin the program in January, 2014. Individuals enrolled in the program will take two courses per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) 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 January? Project LEA will be recruiting additional cohorts of preschool supervisors to begin the program in the fall semesters of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
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.
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/. Admission decisions will be made by December 1st, 2013. Classes start January 6, 2014.