The focus of this personnel preparation grant, Project PANGEA (Preparing A New Generation of Early Autism educators), is the interdisciplinary training of Early Intervention (EI) / Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) service providers and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to serve young children (i.e., birth through kindergarten) with disabilities, with a specific emphasis on providing services to young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The term Pangea refers to a time in the Earth’s development when all the continents constituted a single continuous land mass, before they broke apart and ultimately became separated by oceans. The term, “Pangea” helps to capture the idea that providers from separate fields will receive training and systematic support to work together, thus becoming “super-providers”.
This project will provide Master's/Licensure student tuition assistance for seven scholars each year: four Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) students and three Communication Disorders & Sciences (CDS) students.
Selection Criteria of Project PANGEA Scholars
Criteria for admittance will include:
- completion of an undergraduate degree in special education, early childhood education, communication disorders and sciences, psychology, social work, nursing, an allied health field, or related field,
- minimum GPA of 3.0
- experience working in direct service with young children with or at risk for disabilities and/or individuals with ASD,
- three letters of recommendation, and
- letter of professional interest and intent, particularly focused on EI/ECSE and young children with ASD.
Scholars must be citizens, nationals or lawful permanent residents of the United States. In addition, extra points in the ranking system will be awarded to applicants with disabilities, individuals from culturally and diverse backgrounds, individuals who are first generation college graduates, and parents of children with disabilities, assuring preference for tuition support to these typically underrepresented scholars.
Scholars with the highest rankings will be invited to participate in an admissions interview with UO EIP/UO CDS faculty to determine their suitability and promise for successful participation in Project PANGEA. Final admissions decisions will be based on scholar rankings and UO EIP/UO CDS faculty consensus.