Chico State Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Train Teachers to Aid Students with Disabilities

Oct 2, 2013 12:00 PM

The California State University, Chico announced today they will receive a five-year, $1,249,996 grant to train over 100 future teachers to work with K-12 students with moderate to severe disabilities. The grant is from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Joe Wills, Director of Public Relations with the university, told Action News Now this morning the money has already been allocated and as of today will not be affected by the current shutdown of the federal government.

Professor Talya Kemper, coordinator of the Education Specialist Program, said the grant process was highly competitive and only 14 awards were made among 61 applicants. Kemper also indicated the increasing number of students needing services - such as those diagnosed with autism - makes providing training to new teachers imperative.

“The rate of autism spectrum disorder identification has been rising, with CDC estimates now at approximately 1 in 88 children,” said Kemper. “Meanwhile, the number of highly qualified teachers trained to work with students that have moderate to severe disabilities has not been able to keep up with the rising demand and retiring baby boomer generation. Specially trained and credentialed teachers are urgently needed to prepare this population of students both functionally and academically.”

The funds are expected to be used to help provide tuition and books for prospective teachers enrolled at Chico State looking to earn their California Education Specialist Instruction Credential specializing in moderate and severe disabilities. Teachers in the program will also learn to use technology from evidence-based practices, track data from Individualized Education Programs mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and align teaching with the Common Core State Standards Initiative for K-12 schools in California.

For additional information about Project CLIPP, please contact Kemper at or 530-898-6138.


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