Scholarship Program for Special Education Credential Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 05-05-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Denise Dion
Special Education Program
530-898-5575

The Special Education Program within the Department of Professional Studies in Education, California State University, Chico, announces the opening of its 2008 scholarship award period. Students seeking credentials as education specialists for mild/moderate disabilities can receive federal stipends to support costs of fees, books and supplies. These scholarships, made possible by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, will be available through 2009.

In addition to its on-campus Education Specialist program, CSU, Chico offers on-the-job training and support for special education teachers in 57 school districts throughout northern California. Nearly one half of course requirements are available in a distance education, online format. Specialized assistance is available to teachers of pupils with emotional and behavioral disorders. CSU, Chico’s Special Education Program has been noted for its innovative programs and nationally recognized as a leader in addressing the shortage of credentialed special education teachers.

“The federal scholarships contribute greatly to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified candidates,” said director of the special education internship, Michelle Cepello, PhD. “In addition, the internship program aligns with a priority of the University’s Strategic Plan, which is to establish partnerships that answer critical regional and state workforce needs in the area of K-12 education.”

Further information can be found at

http://www.csuchico.edu/psed/credential/internships.shtml and

http://www.csuchico.edu/psed/credential/educationSpecialist.shtml

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