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Project LEAD Scholarship

For educators who want to improve outcomes for adjudicated youth with disabilities in Chicago

Project LEAD (Leaders Enhancing outcomes for Adjudicated youth with Disabilities with intensive needs in urban settings) is a scholarship program that prepares educators to earn a master's degree and LBS1 certification to improve outcomes for adjudicated youth with disabilities in temporary detention centers and in CPS middle and high schools.

The project is a collaboration between the Department of Special Education, Jane Addams College of Social Work, Chicago Public Schools, and the Juvenile Justice Division of Cook County Juvenile Courts. Project LEAD scholars and collaborative partners share results, new knowledge, and research contributions from their evidence-based practice.

Project LEAD programming and coursework Heading link

Scholars will co-enroll in four courses (2 courses from each program) and three integrative seminars over three semesters. Seminars are designed and co-taught by faculty from Special Education and the College of Social Work. Coursework, assignments and field experiences will incorporate EBP from both fields and will enable scholars to be fully prepared to support adjudicated youth with disabilities.

The program course enhancements include

  1. Creation of a collaborative network of regional partners that will support the implementation of EBP with students with disabilities with intensive needs
  2. Use of program curriculum and assessments that draw on key components for personnel preparation in special education, social work and adjudicated youth with disabilities
  3. Expansion of interdisciplinary learning opportunities and practices in high-need urban schools
  4. Provision of induction and mentoring support
  5. Development of innovative opportunities to network and improve their practice, such as a 2-day Scholar Summit. Graduates will join a network of induction support to establish relationships with current program scholars and other graduates.

Eligibility Heading link

To qualify for this M.Ed. Special Education scholarship, applicants must be licensed to teach in Illinois for middle grades and/or high school in at least one academic subject area.

All candidates must be interested in issues pertaining to adjudicated youth with disabilities in urban settings.

Application Process Heading link

Please complete the following steps by October 1st if you are interested in applying to Project LEAD:

  1. Read about how to apply to the MEd Special Education program
  2. Apply to the UIC Graduate College
  3. Complete the Project LEAD Application

Apply to Project LEAD Scholarship

Contact Heading link

Brandi Walton
Project Coordinator