HomeThe University of Toledo’s Judith Herb College of Education is pleased to announce funding for Project DIRECT CONNECTIONS, a 4-year ( July, 2007- June, 2011) grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Dr. Bill McInerney and Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil are the co-directors of Project DIRECT CONNECTIONS.
The focus of Project
DIRECT CONNECTIONS is on the preparation
of early childhood special educators to serve as highly qualified itinerant early childhood special education (ECSE) teachers across
Ohio. Applicants must be currently employed as an itinerant ECSE teacher and NOT hold an ECIS license. The 2-year
part-time graduate program of study will lead to licensure as an Early Childhood Intervention
Specialist (ECIS). The program of study will
include topical seminar offerings and a high-quality field experience at the conclusion
of the program (Summer of Program Year 2). Program
content will focus on the roles and responsibilities of itinerant ECSE teachers, within
the collaboration/consultation model of service delivery, incidental
and activity-based instruction, current practices in ‘response to intervention (RTI)’,
developmentally appropriate early learning
experiences, transdisciplinary team interaction, multicultural awareness, itinerant
services, and development of professional and interpersonal
skills which contribute to effective inclusion practices.
Thank you for your interest in our program. Our final cohort of 14 students began their program of study in Fall 2009.
For more information about the itinerant service delivery model, please see our PROJECT DIRECT web site.