Grant Set to Improve Special Education in Coastal Bend

October 10, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Drs. Karen McCaleb and Phyllis Robertson, Professors in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, have received a grant for $1.15 million from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to help educate program scholars to better serve individuals with low-incidence disabilities.

The grant will support the implementation of a five-year project titled, “Future Leaders in Providing Your Low-Incidence Disability Services,” also known as “FLIP Your LIDS” to establish a special transcript certificate within the existing Master of Science program in Special Education.  Drs. McCaleb and Robertson will work with individuals with disabilities and their families, as well as other community agencies, to establish the Low-Incidence Transcript Certificate.

“There is a critical shortage of educators prepared to provide appropriate services to students with low-incidence disabilities, including those with severe/multiple disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and others with the most significant support needs,” said Robertson. 

Recruitment will begin in spring 2015 with the first student cohort enrolling during the fall 2015 semester. Funding will be provided to support select graduate students seeking the certificate including those in Special Education along with their colleagues in Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Psychology, Reading, and Secondary Education with whom they will collaborate to provide appropriate services.  

“Students served by program graduates will benefit greatly from their expertise including access to high quality assessment, instruction, and intervention practices in areas of individually identified need,” said McCaleb. “The practices and support of this program are designed to foster student determination, empowerment, and independence across skill areas, thus benefitting students, their families, and the community at large.”