Grant Will Help Prepare Special-Education Experts

CLEMSON, S.C.

Vivian Correa, a Clemson University education professor, received an $800,000 grant to prepare future leaders in the field of special education.

The award announced by the university is from Project RESULTS: Roadmap to Excellence for School and University Leaders in Teaching and Scholarship, a recently funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare six new special-education doctoral students to become effective educators, researchers and school leaders.

The four-year program involves coursework for an expanded major in special education within the existing Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Each student will receive a fellowship that includes a $12,000 stipend per year, tuition and fees for four years and support for travel. The program will begin in January 2009.

“The project will prepare six Ph.D.-level students to serve in leadership roles in special education,” Correa said. “As leaders in the field, they will impact the quality of services provided for students with disabilities and their families in the state and nation. Graduates of the RESULTS program will be qualified to become faculty at institutions of higher education, to become administrators in state agencies or serve as leaders in public schools.”

Correa, who is the Distinguished Moore Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education, received a bachelor’s degree in special education from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in special education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include early childhood special education, multicultural education, teacher education and Latino families of young children.

According to a recent profile, Dr. Correa, a native Puerto Rican, has extensive experience with young children with disabilities, bilingual special education, multicultural education, unified teacher education, and working with culturally diverse families. She has worked with Mexican mothers of preschoolers on home literacy practices and reading. Dr. Correa is the co-author of a textbook. Interactive Teaming: Enhancing Programs for Students with Special Needs (4th Edition). She has also been co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education and associate editor for the Journal for Early Intervention

For more information, contact Dr, Vivan Correa, 864/656-2030, vcorrea@clemson.edu

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