A $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund five future UNC Charlotte special education Ph.D. students’ training in an important specialization in the field.

Awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the grant builds on and intertwines with the Cato College of Education’s current programming in special education by preparing scholars to be higher education faculty with a specialty in multi-tiered academic and behavioral interventions.

“Multi-tiered systems provide a framework of support for early intervention and intensive intervention for students at risk for or with disabilities,” explained Charles Wood, a professor in the Special Education and Child Development Department. He submitted the grant with departmental colleague Ya-yu Lo. “In a Response to Intervention model, for example, an elementary school’s core reading curriculum should be appropriate for most students (Tier 1). Students who need extra support may receive small-group instruction in reading (Tier 2). Students who continue to struggle (especially those with disabilities) may need more intensive support and intervention (e.g., Tier 3 daily small-group or individual instruction).”

The grant, which is the second of its kind Wood and Lo have received, will provide funding for tuition, conference travel and a stipend for five full-time doctoral students through their graduation from the program.

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Originally publushed Sept. 11, 2017. Written by Wills Citty.