Master of Education in Special Education (Early Intervention EChO Scholars Program)
The University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the College of Education and Human Development are collaborating on this four-year project to support the preparation of highly qualified early intervention professionals serving children with disabilities in Maine. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the total annual funding is designated for student stipends. The EChO Scholars project represents Maine’s only graduate study designed with an emphasis on high needs young children ages birth-5 with disabilities and their families, including children who live in poverty, are homeless, are in foster care, are English language learners, or who reside in rural, remote, and sparsely populated areas with limited access to resources.
EChO Scholars addresses an urgent need for fully credentialed early intervention personnel in Maine. In exchange for a commitment to serve young children with disabilities and their families, forty EChO Scholars will be selected to receive financial support for full-time graduate study. Twenty high-performing UMaine undergraduates in early childhood education will be selected to participate in a 5th Year Masters option, and twenty early childhood professionals will be selected to participate in a Masters for Early Childhood Professionals option. At the conclusion of the four-year project period, all EChO Scholars will complete requirements for both the Master of Education degree and state certification in early childhood special education (birth-five).