LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development has received a $1.2 million federal grant to boost the number of teachers certified to teach individuals with disabilities.
The grant will fund two years of tuition for UofL students who earn dual certification in elementary education and moderate/severe intellectual disability.
The idea behind the program, says UofL education professor Robert Pennington, is to create a pipeline of elementary school teachers who can serve students with disabilities.
“There has been a perennial shortage of teachers trained to help special needs children,” said Pennington, who will oversee the program. “This grant should go a long way toward addressing that problem.”
Pennington said the grant will: