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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 8, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 11
SPSBE to Train Leaders in Special Education for Urban Schools

Johns Hopkins, in cooperation with the Maryland State Department of Education and several local school districts, has received a $768,688 federal grant to train new leaders in special education.

The new doctoral program, offered by the Graduate Division of Education in the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, will be open to current educators with master's degrees and at least four years of experience. As part of this grant, substantial tuition scholarships are available.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program addresses the shortage of special educators in Maryland schools by preparing doctoral-level personnel who will bring the latest in educational research to the classroom. Nationwide, 98 percent of U.S. schools report shortages of qualified special educators, according to the Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education.

Michael S. Rosenberg, the grant's project director and a professor in the Department of Special Education, said the Johns Hopkins effort will concentrate on recruiting personnel for urban schools.

"It is our belief that urban districts are in the most immediate need of highly trained special education leaders," said Rosenberg, who is also involved in federally funded research efforts with the Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education.

Program co-director Alan Green said, "This program will help develop skilled leaders who understand students with academic and behavioral problems and can design and implement new initiatives that will lead to improvements in student achievement and school functioning."

Graduates of the 72-credit program will be awarded the doctor of education degree and will be eligible for Maryland certification in administration and supervision.

Information sessions will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 on the Homewood campus. For information, call 410-516-8275.


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