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Tuition Assistance Programs

With the critical shortage of special educators in Virginia, there has never been a better time to seek financial assistance for a career in special education.

Below is a list of federal and state tuition assistance programs as well as individual tuition assistance programs at specific colleges or universities. Please contact college, university, or program coordinators for more information on these tuition assistance programs.

* Special Notice - There may be a service obligation to teach or practice in the special education disability category for which you become endorsed if you receive tuition assistance or other support from these programs. Please contact the project director for more information.


Program
Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Early Childhood Special Education
Type
Early Childhood Special Education Competencies
College/University
Radford University and Lynchburg College
Description
This program, funded by the Virginia Department of Education, is designed to prepare qualified teachers to work with children birth to age five who have disabilities in Virginia. To achieve this goal, the program a) accepts qualified applicants to participate in the Consortium, b) provides them with state-approved coursework in four of the courses required for endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and c) offer tuition support (through in-state tuition waivers) for endorsement coursework completed successfully.  For more information, visit www.radford.edu/ruecse or http://www.lynchburg.edu/esce.xml.
Contact Information
Radford University
Dr. Kathryn Hoover
kahoover@radford.edu

Lynchburg College
Dr. Glenn Buck
buck@lynchburg.edu


Program
Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities (Distance Education)
Type
Endorsement Program in Severe Disabilities
College/University
George Mason University, Fairfax
Description
The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities is comprised of five state approved teacher preparation programs in severe disabilities (SD), including George Mason University, Norfolk State University, Radford University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The consortium’s primary goal is to prepare teachers across the state to be highly skilled at working with learners with SD. The program is designed to increase the number of fully endorsed teachers by providing training to new full-time pre-service personnel and to accelerate the training for those already teaching on conditional licenses.

The SD Consortium is supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Every semester, the Consortium awards a limited number of tuition stipends to qualified applicants.
Information
Ending Date
Funding Determined Annually
Contact Information
Marci Kinas Jerome
Project Director
mkinas@gmu.edu
703-993-3670


Program
Teacher Preparation and Licensure Program for Hearing Impairments PreK-12
Type
Endorsement Program in Hearing Impairments
College/University
Radford University, Radford
Description
As part of its continuing tradition of preparing educators, Radford University offers Virginia's only program leading to licensure in Special Education - Hearing Impairment PreK-12. This program, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, prepares professionals to serve children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing.

The program, a collaboration between RU's Department of Special Education and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is funded through the Virginia Department of Education. It was created to alleviate a critical shortage of teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Participants in this program will have exposure to all communication/instructional approaches used with the deaf/hard of hearing so that methods can be employed based on student need, audiologic information, and family preference.
Ending Date
Funding Determined Annually
Information
Contact Information
Ellen Austin, Faculty/ DHH Grant Co-Director-Coordinator
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

School of Teacher Education and Leadership Radford University
C-170 Peters Hall
P.O. Box 6959
Phone: 540.831.5549
Fax: 540.831.5124
ebaustin@radford.edu


Program
Virginia Teacher Preparation Project for Visual Impairment (Distance Education)
Type
Initial Licensure in VI
Add-on Endorsement Program in Visual Impairments
College/University
George Mason University
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
Norfolk State University
Radford University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Description
This initial licensure program prepares personnel to effectively teach students with visual impairments at the graduate and undergraduate (selected universities) levels. The program also offers the five VI courses required for the VI add-on endorsement for already licensed special education teachers. The program is offered via distance education and face-to-face summer institutes. Partial course tuition is paid by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education.
Information
Ending Date
Funding Determined Annually
Contact Information


Program
Troops to Teachers
Description
Troops-to-Teachers provides Referral Assistance/Placement services and Financial Assistance to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The Virginia office of Troops-to-Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification, provide financial assistance for these programs and employment opportunities.

To determine you eligibility visit the National Troops To Teachers Web Page at www.proudtoserveagain.com

For information on specific information on Troops To Teachers in Virginia visit www.odu.edu/troopstoteachers


 


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