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Muskingum College “Jumpstart to Intervention Specialist Licensure” program receives Ohio Department of Education grant to fund full tuition scholarships

Twenty-five currently licensed teachers will be selected to receive full tuition scholarships to earn additional licensure at Muskingum College as special education teachers.

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded Muskingum a “Pathways to Full Licensure” grant to enable Muskingum to offer 25 scholarships to teachers previously licensed in areas other than special education who are committed to earning the intervention specialist: mild to moderate license in order to teach students with disabilities. 

Jumpstart at Muskingum College is the intensive eight week special education program that provides 18 semester credit hours from June 19-August 11. Required field work will be completed at Camp Jumpstart, and academic summer camp/school for students with mild to moderate disabilities and at regional schools during the 2006-2007 school year. 

“In this region of Ohio there still are significant shortages of fully-licensed special education teachers.  Here at Muskingum, we are excited to offer full tuition scholarships to regional teachers who have seen the need and have the desire to work with students with learning and behavioral challenges.  We firmly believe that all children, regardless of needs and abilities have the right to be educated by fully qualified teachers.  This project quickly will expand the number of teachers who have the teaching credentials needed to effectively work with students identified with mild or moderate disabilities,” noted Dr. Linda Morrow, professor of education and program director.

Fliers and application information will be distributed to all special education coordinators in the Muskingum Valley, Ohio Valley and Tuscarawas-Harrison-Carroll Educational Service Centers and ECOSERRC region the week of May 1. ESC and local superintendents will be encouraged to identify individuals within their districts with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds as potential participants in the Jumpstart program. All information and orientation meetings will include information related to the need for teachers with diverse backgrounds to serve students disabilities. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 educators seeking the intervention special: mild to moderate license. Application decisions will be made beginning May 16, and applications received after May 16 will be considered on a space-available basis. Additional funds may be available for required reading classes prior to Jumpstart for qualifying candidates. Call 740-826-8038 for more information.