Preparing Early Childhood Special Educators to Meet the Needs of Young Children with Intensive Disabilities

Project Prepare is a 5 year project (2019-2024) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

During the 5-year period, Project Prepare will prepare 25 Early Childhood or Special Education teachers and 17 Related Services providers (OT, PT, SLP, School Psychology) to work collaboratively to meet the needs of young children (3-5 years) who have intensive needs.

****Project Prepare will pay ALL in-state graduate tuition costs for scholars enrolled in the project plus an additional stipend.



Project Prepare is a 2-year, part-time, online program of graduate study that will allow four groups of Early Childhood Special Education scholars to earn Ohio's Preschool Special Needs Endorsement (PSNE) AND a graduate certificate in inter-professional teaming offered by The University of Toledo.  Students enrolled in the project will complete 2 online graduate1 courses per semester (Spring, Summer, Fall) as well as 2 internships at the end of their program of study for a total of 29-semester hours. 

Related Services Scholars

Project Prepare is a program of graduate study that will allow four groups of Related Service scholars (OT, PT, SLP, SPSY) at The University of Toledo to earn the Graduate Certificate for Teaming in Early Childhood alongside their graduate professional degree. Students enrolled in the project will receive support for a portion of their graduate degree and the eight-credit certificate program. The certificate program includes three online seminars and a one-semester, part-time internship. The internship can be completed in conjunction with scholars' professional field training.

Announcement: Recruitment for our 4th cohort of Project Prepare scholars will take place summer 2022. These scholars will begin their program of study in Spring Semester 2023.   Please be sure to explore all of the pages on the Project Prepare website, especially the FAQs, before completing the application form.


1At the masters or education specialist level.  These courses can also count towards the completion of a master's degree or an education specialist degree offered at The University of Toledo.


Last Updated: 6/27/22