Project Tuition Support

The Exceptional Student Education program has several grant-funded projects that offer varying levels of tuition support. Explore the different options and contact the lead faculty member to learn more.

Project Bridges: Intensive Intervention Personnel Preparation Project

The purpose of this federally funded, personnel preparation, five-year project is to recruit, identify, and support the preparation of highly qualified special education teachers as intensive interventionists to serve students with low incidence disabilities (LID) including students with persistent and severe learning and behavioral problems that require the most intensive individualized supports.

During the project, forty-six scholars from within all of the central Florida school districts will be selected and will receive tuition support to complete a Masters in Education (MEd) in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) at the University of Central Florida, nationally ranked for this preparation program.

Co-Directors: Dr. Mary E. Little & Dr. Cynthia Pearl

Lockheed Martin Academy

The Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy supports two Master’s degree programs that are dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in Central Florida.

Contact: Dr. Lisa Dieker

National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative: A Model

This effort is designed to address the critical gaps between the traditional preparation of urban special education mid-level administrators and the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for full implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004.

Contact: Dr. Suzanne Martin

Project SPD

Special Educator Preparation in Severe or Profound Disabilities
A masters program designed to increase the number, qualifications and diversity of special education teachers prepared to work with students with severe/low incidence disabilities.

Contacts: Dr. Cynthia Pearl and Dr. Eleazar Vasquez

Project ASD

Preparing teachers to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Designed to increase the number, qualifications and diversity of special education teachers prepared to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Contacts: Dr. Cynthia Pearl and Dr. Eleazar Vasquez

Project LEAD

A doctoral program designed to prepare highly competent special education leadership personnel, from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, for university faculty positions or for service in training positions in agencies or school systems.

Contacts: Dr. Wilfred Wienke and Dr. Lisa Dieker

Washington Internships

Policy Internships in Washington, DC will be available at a variety of sites during the second or third summer of the program.

Contact: Dr. Wilfred Wienke


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
is a grant program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TEACH Grants provide funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years.

Exceptional Education (BS, MA, MEd) is listed as a high-need field.
If you are eligible for a TEACH Grant and you would like more information:

Undergraduate TEACH Grants
Graduate TEACH Grants

Pre-K Disabilities Endorsement Tuition

The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Disabilities Endorsement Tuition Support Program is to provide financial assistance to exceptional student education, preschool, and early childhood teachers who are teaching children identified as having prekindergarten disabilities in a Florida public school.

Tuition support for courses in the Pre-K Disabilities Certificate is available for eligible candidates through the Pre-K Disabilities Endorsement Tuition Support Program from the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Support Services.