The U.S. Department of Education awarded The George Washington University a $1.2 million grant to launch a master's program focused on helping students with brain injury and autism transition to adulthood.
Special education is one of six fields currently experiencing a teacher shortage. Starting this fall, the new program will provide partial financial aid over five years for 45 master's candidates, an introduction to alleviating that shortage.
The new program meets the Guideposts for Success, a youth development and transition framework developed by the IEL-led National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. The Guideposts addresses what all youth, including youth with disabilities, need to transition successfully to adulthood, including school preparation, career preparation, youth development and leadership, connecting activities, and family involvement. The new program also meets the Council for Exceptional Children's transition standards.
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