Department of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development

Project ECEC


Project ECEC will prepare 2 cohorts of diverse teachers to work with young children birth to 8 with developmental delays and other disabilities. The goal for this project is to  recruit, educate,  and retain special educators highly qualified to work and serve young culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities.

Project ECEC will prepare and graduate two cohorts of diverse teachers (45 total) by providing a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood special education (ECSE). This degree will include a 65-credit program of study focused on recruiting individuals to become fully qualified to teach with full certification in early childhood and in special education.

Dr. William Drakeford is overseeing the grant, provided by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the U.S. Department of Education.  The purpose of the grant is to support students who have an Associate's degree, or are nearing that point in their education, as they pursue a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Special Education.


  • Participants will earn a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood special education
  • Full funding for in state tuition and fees will be provided to the first cohort of 25 students. Students will begin the program in January 2017

Grant Information and Requirements

Prospective scholars who are interested in the Early Childhood Engagement Center (ECEC) Project are invited to attend an informational session.

Information Session

  • December 9, 2016
  • CLT, Room 117
  • 2 - 4 p.m.

To RSVP, email or

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • Associates Degree or equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the PRAXIS exam, PPST 1 Examination, or equivalent; Students with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or combined math and verbal SAT scores of 1100 or higher are exempt from PRAXIS requirements. You will need to provide these scores at the informational meeting.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Project ECEC application
  • Written statement as described on the application form
  • Successful passing of an entrance interview

How to Apply

Download, complete, and return the application


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