Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarship funding opportunities are available specifically for students pursuing Learning Behavioral Specialist I and II endorsement(s).  Students in the MEd Special Education program are eligible for college-wide scholarship opportunities as well.

Leaders Enhancing outcomes for Adjudicated youth with Disabilities with intensive needs in urban settings (LEAD)

Applications for LEAD are due November 1.

Project LEAD prepares special educators and school social workers through grant-funded scholarships to earn initial certification in their respective programs and improve outcomes for adjudicated youth with disabilities in temporary detention center schools and in middle and high schools. The project is a collaborative effort between UIC’s Department of Special Education and Jane Addams College of Social Work, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Division of Cook County Juvenile Courts.

LEAD scholarships include costs for tuition, university fees, and an annual book stipend.

Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS)

Applications will open soon for the next cohort.

Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS) Assistive Technology is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project designed to prepare school and district leaders with expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology programs for students with multiple disabilities. ATLiS scholars will participate in an intensive series of courses and experiences that will prepare participants with deep knowledge of assistive technology practices and polices. Graduates will acquire the skills to become school and district leaders who are able to support the academic and behavioral needs of students with multiple disabilities through the use of effective, evidence-based assistive technology methods.

ATLiS scholarships include costs for tuition, an annual book stipend, and opportunities to attend and present at local conferences.

Preparing Leaders in Urban Special Education (PLUS)

Applications will soon open for the next cohort.

Preparing Leaders in Urban Special Education (PLUS) is a special education master’s program that will prepare scholars to become school leaders with expertise to develop, implement, and evaluate effective inclusive programs for students with disabilities. PLUS scholars will participate in an interdisciplinary program that will include coursework in special education and educational leadership. Graduates will acquire the skills to become school leaders who are able to support the instructional needs of students with disabilities within the broader school context.

PLUS scholarships include costs for tuition, university fees, and an annual book stipend.