College of Education News
Serving Students with Disabilities and High Needs
by Devynn Case, UT Arlington Media Relations
The University of Texas at Arlington will cross-train graduate students interested in social work and special education to better serve grade-school children with disabilities and high needs.
Over the next five years, UTA’s College of Education and School of Social Work will use a $1.08 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to create an interdisciplinary master's-level personnel preparation cohort.
Ambra Green, assistant professor of special education, is principal investigator of the project, called Match Made in Schools: Special Educators and Social Workers Enhancing Services for Students with Disabilities and High-Intensity Needs. She is optimistic the collaboration will fill a need in Texas for more special education teachers and social workers.
“This is a big deal for the state of Texas because it impacts students with disabilities in the midst of statewide efforts to improve their services. Our work is both for them and with them and their families,” Green said. “We want UTA to be a leader in these fields, and this grant will not only prepare professionals but also change the trajectory of students with disabilities.”