Penn State wins $800,000 special education grant

October 02, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Penn State has received a four-year, $800,000 grant to support graduate study in special education leading to certification, with emphasis on infants and young children with disabilities and their families. The grant-funded program is titled “Preparing 21st Century Early Childhood Intervention Professionals at Penn State University to Serve Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families.”

Participants in the program can earn both a master’s degree in special education and special education certification concurrently, with an emphasis in early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE). The program is designed to prepare graduates to fulfill employment roles related to working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have disabilities and their families. The project is funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Education.
Co-directors of the EI/ECSE training grant are Kate McKinnon and Marisa Macy, faculty members in Penn State’s special education program. Both received their doctorate training in EI/ECSE, have practiced in the field and conduct research in the area of EI/ECSE.

Student applications are now being accepted for summer 2009. The EI/ECSE grant includes scholarships in the amount of $12,500 for up to 15 months of study. For more information, contact Macy at

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Last Updated March 19, 2009