Training Grants

Despite some gains, special education programs continue to be under funded, particularly by the federal government. There is a significant shortage of special education teachers and related personnel (i.e. physical therapists, speech and language therapists). Approximately 40,000 teachers are not fully certified to teach special education and the turnover rate is high.  This is a serious concern as far too many students are being taught by unqualified people, making student academic progress very difficult.

 

The Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute collaborates with universities across Florida to offer special educator preparation programs in a consortium format allowing students to exchange ideas with scholars and instructors throughout the state. The Personnel Preparation programs at UCF helps meet Florida-identified needs for adequate numbers of fully certified personnel to serve children with disabilities by supporting:

  • Provide research-based training and professional development to prepare special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education personnel to work with children with disabilities
  • Ensure that those personnel are fully qualified, and possess the skills and knowledge that are needed to serve children with disabilities.
  • Ensure that those personnel are fully qualified, and possess the skills and knowledge that are needed to serve children with disabilities.