Tuition Support Available for ESE Teachers


Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers are in high demand in Florida and across the country. Approximately nine percent of the K-12 student population has been identified with a disability (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2016). Children with disabilities need highly prepared teachers who have specialized skills and are committed to helping them reach their full potential. Whether you are seeking to advance your knowledge and effectiveness or pursuing initial teacher certification, grant funds are available to support your graduate education.

Learn more about the different financial resources.

Project ASD
The federally funded, graduate certificate online program focuses on knowledge, skills, and competencies for special education teachers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Accepted applicants must make a four-year commitment to teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the U.S. after completing the program. Contact Dr. Cynthia Pearl or Dr. Eleazar Vasquez for more information or visit the Project ASD website.

Project Bridges (Applications are being accepted for Summer 2017)
The federally funded project provides financial support to individuals who are seeking a Masters of Education degree in Exceptional Education. The program includes an Intervention Specialist graduate certificate and meets the newly-approved knowledge and competencies of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). For more information, contact Bridges@ucf.edu or visit the Project Bridges website.

Project SPD
The Master's degree program focuses on knowledge, skills, and competencies for special education teachers working with students with Severe or Profound Disabilities. Contact Dr. Cynthia Pearl or Dr. Eleazar Vasquez for more information.

TEACH Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides scholarships to students who are completing or who plan to compete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years. Those students pursuing a master's degree in teaching within the identified fields are eligible for up to $4,000 per year in grants to a maximum of $8,000 for a two-year master's program. For more information, visit the TEACH Grant website.

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