College of Education grant program seeks to prepare Master’s scholars to teach students with disabilities

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

Special education faculty in UTA’s College of Education are partnering with faculty in the School of Social Work to dually train future special education teachers and social workers through its U.S. Department of Education-funded grant, Project Match Made in Schools (MMS).

Like much of the nation, Texas has a lack of well-trained special education and social work professionals, especially for students with disabilities. Project MMS will address this shortage by preparing up to 46 master’s students in these shortage areas over the next four years. It will provide full tuition and fees for 12 new Master’s degree-seeking students in special education and social work annually over the next four years. 

Graduate students awarded admission into the program can expect to receive strong mentorship, earn 280 hours of direct and diverse field experiences, and 200 hours of apprenticeship experience. Project MMS scholars will pursue either a “Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education with Initial Certification” or “Master of Social Work (MSW), with a concentration in Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families.” Eligible M.Ed. scholars can earn certification to work with children with special needs from early childhood through 12th grade from the Texas Education Agency, while MSW scholars will be eligible to practice under a license issued by the Association of Social Work Boards.

Potential Project MMS admissions requirements include a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Scholars should expect to work at least two years with students with disabilities in schools for each year of federal funding. Finally, students must already be accepted to the M.Ed. in Special Education or MSW program to be considered for the Project MMS grant.

The deadline to apply for Project MMS is December 4th. Top Applicants will participate in a web-based interview with project leadership as part of the admissions process.