CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Receives One of Only 20 Grants for Teacher Training in High Incidence Disabilities

Date: 08-12-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Terri Davis
Professional Studies in Education

The Department of Professional Studies in Education at California State University, Chico has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education that it is one of 20 institutions in 15 states awarded a grant to improve special education teacher training programs.

The Special Education Program at CSU, Chico will receive $146,661 from $2.4 million in grants to train teachers of students with high incidence disabilities, such as learning disabilities and emotional disturbance.

The awards, made under the Special Education Pre-service Training Improvement Grants Program, are meant to ensure that graduates meet the highly qualified teacher requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The grants announced cover the first year of what are expected to be five-year projects overseen by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. During this first year, the grant recipients will begin upgrading their teacher preparation programs with research-proven strategies designed to improve outcomes for children with high-incidence disabilities.

CSU, Chico’s Special Education Program will also coordinate their efforts with the National Center to Enhance the Professional Development of School Personnel by using the center’s Web-based training modules.

The Special Education Program at CSU, Chico has received more than $2.3 million in grants to prepare teachers to work with rural populations. Since its inception, all graduates of the program are placed, and a higher than average percentage of graduates from the program are retained in their jobs.

For more information about the Special Education Program, contact Teri Davis, chair, Department of Professional Studies in Education, at 530-898-5398.