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Subject: Teacher Recruitment and Retention--Funding for Graduate Degree in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Source: Barb Gilpin, Interim Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special and Regular Education Teachers, Special and Regular Education Administrators

Date: September 5, 2007

The University of Missouri has informed the Division of Special Education of a newly funded program opportunity for practicing teachers and/or undergraduates who wish to pursue a master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. The program will provide teachers or interventionists with coursework and practica with an emphasis in working with children and families from diverse backgrounds, providing developmentally appropriate language/literacy instruction, and addressing social or behavioral concerns using positive behavior supports. Students must be able to participate in on-campus courses and practica. Upon graduation, students who receive funding must commit to pursuing positions related to teaching young children with language and behavioral concerns.

Priority will be given to students interested in attending school full-time. Support provided includes:

* Full tuition
* An annual stipend of $15,000

Students must meet admission criteria identified for the master's programs in the University of Missouri's Department of Special Education. Please apply to the Department of Special Education via the website http://sped.missouri.edu and submit a separate letter of interest directly to the Department of Special Education to be considered for participation.

For more information contact:  Rebecca McCathren, Ph.D., mccathrenr@missouri.edu (573) 882-5764 Melissa Stormont, Ph.D. stormontm@missouri.edu (573) 882-7383

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
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