In 1990, Child Care Services Association created the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® provides educational scholarships to early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system.
Preparing Interdisciplinary Practitioners for Working with Young Children with Autism who have High Intensity Needs and Their Families
This interdisciplinary program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and draws on resources and faculty expertise from:
the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences within the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine,
the School of Education,
the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACHH) program,
the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and
the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies.
Twelve student scholars (six speech and language students and six ECIFS students) will be funded in the 2019-2020 and 2021-2023 cohorts (contingent on continued funding from the US Department of Education). Scholars receive tuition and stipend support for the duration of their master’s programs.
Student scholars also participate in additional coursework and experiences:
Specialized interdisciplinary courses focused on autism, early intervention, early symbolic communication intervention for children with high-intensity needs, and working with families and teams;
Clinical experiences using an evidence-based process in working with young children who have autism spectrum disorder and high-intensity needs and their families;
TEACHH training focused on fundamentals of ASD, plus free attendance at the annual TEACHH conference;
Travel monies to attend a professional conference.
Interested students must first be accepted into the M.Ed. for Experienced Teachers program.