PROGRAM OVERVIEW

TEEACH project personnel offer participants an exemplary master’s program in elementary special education that focuses on transforming practicing elementary teachers into a advocates, change agents, and highly qualified special educators by providing comprehensive, research-based, integrated training and practice opportunities organized thematically into three strands: (1) school improvement and advocacy; (2) evidence-based practice and technology; and (3) collaborative service provision and cultural competence. Within the strands, carefully sequenced programming ensures participants graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to improve students with high-incidence disabilities access, participation, and progress in the general education curriculum.

Over a four-year period, two cohorts of Project TEEACH students will continue to teach in public schools while earning Alabama Collaborative Teacher Program (CTP, K-6) special education certification and a master’s degree. The first cohort begins in January 2007 and the second in January 2009. To accommodate the needs of practicing elementary educators, TEEACH is configured to deliver critical integrated training and practice components in the evenings, on weekends, and in the summer. Emphasis of program coursework includes the following:

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
  • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
  • Co-teaching Strategies
  • Assistive Technology
  • Accommodations & Modifications
  • Scaffolding
  • Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI)
  • Standards-based IEPs
  • Direct and Strategic Instruction
  • Peer Tutoring/PAL
  • Curriculum-based Assessment
  • Special Education Policy & Ethics
  • Single Case Research
  • Family Involvement and Participation Strategies
  • Sociocultural Constructs of High-Incidence Disabilities
  • Best Practice Inclusion Strategies
At project’s end, graduates will be competent in: (a) using evidence-based instructional practices; (b) offering standards-based curriculum; (c) monitoring student progress; (d) making data-informed decisions; (e) solving problems collaboratively; (f) implementing positive behavior supports; (g) coordinating related services; (h) determining testing accommodations and alternative assessments; and (i) developing meaningful IEPs.

 

project TEEACH

 

Program funded by The United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
In Cooperation with The Alabama State Department of Education Special Education Services
The University of Alabama College of Education
Department of Special Education & Multiple Abilities
Alabama Public Schools and State Operated Programs

The University of Alabama
Department of Special Education & Multiple Abilities
Project TEEACH High-Incidence Personnel Preparation Grant

P.O. Box 870232
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0232
Tel: (205) 348-6093
Fax: (205) 348-9863

UA College of Education