What is Project I-PREP?
Project I-PREP (Preparing Resourceful and Effective Professionals with an emphasis on Inclusive practice) is a federal grant providing financial support to students pursuing a special education credential in moderate to severe disabilities.
Participants in this grant will:
- Receive financial support over a 3-year period
- Earn two credentials: a Preliminary education specialist credential that allows you to teach students K-12; and an Induction credential which provides advanced coursework and additional support during your first two years as a special education teacher. (Financial and collegial support to complete your preliminary credential in two years. Continued financial and collegial support during your first year of Teacher Induction Program.)
- Complete a service obligation. You are required to work as a special educator for two years for every one year of financial support (2-6 years).
Why Apply to Project I-PREP?
- Receive additional funds to attend professional conferences and to purchase educational technology
- Be part of a select group of candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advocacy and making a difference in the lives of children and youth and their families
- Participate in a systems change effort to increase integrated/inclusive options for students with moderate to severe disabilities
- Benefit from a strong partnership with local school districts such as Simi Valley, LAUSD, Saugus, and others
- Small class size
- Faculty with experience, expertise, and continued involvement in the field of special education/severe disabilities
- supported field experiences with high quality mentor teachers
- individualized advisement
What Will I Learn?
Candidates will learn guiding principles, specific educational practices, and will develop and refine skills through coaching and mentoring. Topics addressed through coursework and field experiences include:
- Classroom management and positive support strategies
- Empowering and supporting independence among students
- Making meaningful curricular modifications
- Teaching in a systematic manner
- Helping students plan for life after school through vocational and community training
- Supporting the development of communication, language, and literacy skills
- Supporting students with multiple disabilities, with specific coursework related to physical disabilities and vision and hearing impairments
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
- Potential candidates must meet the admission requirements to the University and Credential Programs
- Bachelor's degree or enrolled in an integrated BA/Credential program (e.g., ITEP)
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- Passage of all 3 sections of the Multiple Subject CSET
- Passage of the CBEST
How Do I Apply?
- Complete applications to the Credential Program and to the University
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Project I-PREP application
- All applications will be screened. Applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to an interview.