Drs. Terry Scott, Chair and professor, and Amy Lingo, Assistant Chair and associate professor with the Department of Special Education, just received notification of funding of $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education to train doctoral level students in the area of Learning and Behavior Disorders with a focus on Response To Intervention (RTI).
The project, Special Education Doctoral Program to Prepare for Higher Education Faculty and Researchers, will prepare a diverse group of doctoral and post-doctoral personnel to (a) assume leadership training positions in higher education settings, and (b) engage in advanced study and research in the area of high-incidence disabilities, including teaching, training, and evidence-based intervention.
Doctoral and post-doctoral personnel prepared under this Leadership program will: (1) be integrally involved with a high-need school practicum site during each year of the program, (2) develop an understanding of research methodology and an ability to generate, conduct, write-up, and present research on topics related to these students; (3) gain experience with creation and instruction of teacher-training courses related to students with or at-risk for failure, and (4) demonstrate an ability to plan, propose, and carry out inservice training and consultation in conjunction with a variety of agencies and organizations.
Over the five years of this project, eight doctoral scholars and three post-doctoral fellows will be fully supported to develop a range of competencies appropriate for higher education – including experiences with professional presentations and meetings with nationally recognized experts in their field.