CSUB Offers Stipends for Special Education Credential

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) School of Social Sciences and Education is providing stipends to individuals pursuing their Special Education Credential through its Preparation Using Research-based Practices to Optimize Special Education program, also known as Project PURPOSE. Individuals eligible for the stipend must have completed their Bachelor’s degree and are pursuing their credential in Moderate Severe Education Specialist Credential with an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) at CSUB.  The stipends can be used for tuition, student fees and textbooks, as well as testing fee assistance, quality felid experience training, and mentoring support.  This stipend program is part of a $904,162 grant awarded to CSUB from the U.S. Department of Education to support the development of special education teachers.

Candidates considering applying for this stipend must maintain an overall Grade Point Average of 2.67.  They must also submit an autobiography and three recommendations forms.  Further, they must pass the CSET exam and the CBEST exam.  Lastly, candidates must be interviewed by a program faculty member.  Information regarding program admission requirements can be found at www.csub.edu/sse/grants/purpose/admissions/index.html.  Prospective candidates can find the program application at www.csub.edu/specialed/_files/purpose_app.pdf.  Successful applicants are recognized by the program as Project Scholars.

There is an information session once every quarter. The first took place on January 22 for the winter quarter, and the spring quarter session will be held on April 15 in EDUC 127.

“I am very excited about this stipend program. Its goal is to support talented students who can help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers and further assist school districts in CSUB’s service area who seek these types of specialists,” said Director of Project PURPOSE, Dr. Yeunjoo Lee.

Project PURPOSE was developed to assist qualified applicants meet their goals in special education, a high demand area in K-12 school systems.  It recruits, trains, and retains pre-service Project Scholars to become highly qualified moderate/ severe education specialists with an added Early Childhood Special Education Authorization.  PURPOSE provides Project Scholars with support through mentoring, authentic field experience, and a reformed course load to obtain the necessary credentials to teach children from birth to 22 years of age with disabilities in California. Project outcomes include: 1) newly developed ECSE Added Authorization program; (2) redesigned moderate/severe credential program; and (3) 30 prepared diverse and highly qualified moderate/severe ECSE teachers.

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