College of Education at N.C. A&T Receives $1.2 Million US Department of Education Grant

College of Education at N.C. A&T Receives $1.2 Million US Department of Education Grant

The United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs has awarded a $1.2 million grant to the College of Education at North Carolina A&T State University to increase the number of highly qualified special education teachers produced for K-12 public schools.

“This grant award demonstrates the commitment of the faculty in the College of Education to our primary mission of preparing educational and human service leaders who are prepared to create, use, and share knowledge on equity, access, and advocacy,” said Dr. Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education.

The initiative, “Preparing Exceptional Teachers through Accountability and Collaboration,” goals are twofold: to increase the number of fully credentialed teachers who effectively address the specialized needs of high-need children with disabilities, including persistent and severe learning and behavior disabilities; and to improve the quality and capacity of the preparation of diverse highly-qualified teachers, immersing candidates in authentic engagement opportunities.

Designed to address the chronic special education teacher leadership shortages in North Carolina, the initiative strengthens the college’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education degree program by enhancing emphasis on school-age children with persistent and severe learning and behavioral challenges.

“Faculty in the [College of Education] are committed to ensuring K-12 public school students with special needs receive the very best quality of education by providing scholarship funds that support the preparation of highly-qualified graduate candidates who pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education and to creating authentic immersion experiences that will enhance their ability to engage students with special needs,” adds Graham.

Funding for the program will be awarded over a period of five years. Dr. Nicole Dobbins and Dr. Dawn Waegerle in the Department of Educator Preparation are the principle investigators.