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 2
Collaborative Intervention Specialist Graduate Certificate
Project Bridges 2 is an innovative federally-funded project through the Office of Special Education Programs. This project includes funding for courses leading to either a Master’s of Education in Exceptional Student Education or an Educational Specialist in School Psychology coupled with a Collaborative Intervention Specialist graduate certificate.
The Collaborative Interventions Specialist graduate certificate emphasizes a collaborative, interdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and school psychologists to support students with high-intensity needs. Scholars who earn this graduate certificate will be prepared as interventionist specialists to serve students with persistent and severe learning and behavioral challenges that require the most intensive interventions.
Co-Directors: Dr. Mary E. Little, Dr. Oliver Edwards and Dr. Dena Slanda
Preparing Special Educators and Speech-Language Practitioners in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Project ASD is a grant funded through 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, which provides financial and academic support to individuals who are seeking Masters Degrees in either Exceptional Student Education or Communication Sciences and Disorders that incorporate UCF's Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Contacts: Dr. Kelly Schaffer and Dr. Eleazar Vasquez
Speech-Language Pathologists and Exceptional Educators Collaboration for Children with High-Intensity Needs
Project SPEECH is an innovative federally-funded project that includes funding for courses leading to either a Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education or a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention graduate certificate. The certificate program emphasizes the interdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and speech-language pathologists to support students with high-intensity needs.
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Dena Slanda, Dr. Mary Little and Dr. Linda Rosa-Lugo.
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.
- TELEPORTS Contact: Dr. Matt Marino
- LEAD NEXT Contacts: Dr. Lisa Dieker, Dr. Eleazar Vasquez and Dr. Michelle Taub
- LEAD IT Contacts: Dr. Rebecca Hines and Dr. Lisa Dieker
- LEAD PREP Contacts: Dr. Rebecca Hines and Dr. Lisa Dieker
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:
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.