Does acceptance to UCF guarantee acceptance to Project Bridges 2.0?
Acceptance to UCF/program does not guarantee admission to Project Bridges 2.0 for grant funding. There are two separate applications and interested scholars must apply to both. However, acceptance to Project Bridges 2.0 is contingent upon acceptance to the University.
Does Project Bridges 2.0 provide funding for scholars pursuing their Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education?
Project Bridges 2.0 provides funding for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptional Student Education and does not provide funding for the Master or Arts (MA) in Exceptional Student Education.
If I already have a graduate degree, am I able to receive funding to earn the Graduate Certificate as a Collaborative Intervention Specialist only?
At this time, Project Bridges 2.0 is able to provide support and funding only for scholars concurrently enrolled in the degreed programs mentioned above. However, scholars who wish to self-fund or have other funding opportunities available to them are still able to apply to the graduate certificate.
How many years of service are required to satisfy the obligation if awarded funding support?
Scholars accepted to Project Bridges 2.0 for funding support must complete and sign a Service Obligation Agreement from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. For every year of funding support received by the Project, scholars must “payback” two years through service in eligible employment working with students with disabilities. Additional information about the Service Obligation Agreement is available here.