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Advancing Student Success through Interdisciplinary Scholar Training:  Preparation Program for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Audiologists

Funding available:  2022 – 2026

Personnel Preparation Grant

The Department of Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHH) has been awarded a 1.2 million dollar interdisciplinary personnel preparation training grant through the US Office of Special Education Programs. Project ASSIST will provide financial support to students pursuing a graduate degree and teacher license in special education (DHH K-12 program). Project ASSIST aims to reduce the critical shortage of deaf educators and educational audiologists. 

From 2022 to 2026, Project ASSIST will support 29 students seeking graduate degrees in special education/deaf education or audiology. Collaboration between professionals who serve children who are DHH is crucial in developing successful, comprehensive service delivery plans. This specialty program will prepare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate successful interdisciplinary collaboration between teachers of children who are DHH and pediatric/educational audiologists.


Scholars will receive $20,000 of grant funding

Scholars will receive $2,000 for travel to a professional conference

Scholars may be eligible for a partial tuition waiver

Scholars will receive customized equipment for hearing device management

In addition to taking the typical DHH program course of study, Project ASSIST scholars will learn alongside educational audiology students in the following activities:


Field work in educational settings working with children


Seminar series discussing essential elements of interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g., models of collaboration, evidence-based practice, cultural competence)


Community outreach activities


Expanded coursework in educational audiology


Eligible Applicants

Individuals who are seeking a master's degree (MEd) and license/endorsement in teaching children who are DHH in K-12 may apply. To participate in this project, scholars will need to apply and be accepted into the special education master's program.

Last Updated: 11/3/23