Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) - College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
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The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

Endorsement General Curriculum

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) supports the Traineeships for Education of Special Education Personnel (Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 Endorsement Area Program). The purpose of this grant is to address the needs of provisionally licensed special education teachers in Virginia. The endorsement grant expands Mason’s existing Cohort Outreach Program. This program uniquely provides a special education - general curriculum teacher preparation program for employed teachers by providing convenience and a better link between academia and school realities. The cohort model is offered to public school divisions in Virginia.

What is the Endorsement - General Curriculum grant?

Mason’s training has historically included numerous cohorts of students throughout the northeastern school districts of Region 4, including Page County in the southwest, as well as individuals making up a cohort in the Piedmont area. Individuals in Region 5 (i.e., Charlottesville) and Region 6 (i.e., Danville, Roanoke) have also been a part of Mason’s cohort training. The grant funding provides means (a) to establish a partnership between Mason and a partnering school district, (b) to recruit prospective teachers, and (c) to provide funding for provisionally licensed special education teachers of students who access the general education curriculum.

What are the benefits of the Endorsement - General Curriculum grant?

The endorsement grant delivers graduate-level special education courses to full-time or part-time individuals who hold an active provisional (special education) license with a Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 endorsement and who are employed in Virginia public schools as special educators of children with disabilities (accessing the general curriculum). The proposed grant funds will provide these teachers with a high-quality program to complete requirements they need to become eligible for a five-year, renewable special education teaching license.