College of Education partners with UF, FSU on state-wide program

Project will allow educators to earn endorsement in teaching autistic, deaf and blind students

Published Sep. 30, 2009

Lynn University’s Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education recently joined a multi-university collaboration intended to give school teachers and educators across the state an opportunity to earn an endorsement for teaching students with severe disabilities including autism and deaf-blindness. The Ross College – the only private education college selected for the initiative – will provide coursework via distance education technology to teachers in the local school district.

Lynn joins six of Florida’s public universities in offering the endorsement in severe disabilities. The other participating institutions are the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of West Florida. The courses are offered through Project SCRIPP (Significant Cognitive Impairments Personnel Preparation grant), a federally funded grant that supports teachers working toward the endorsement in severe disabilities.

The first course, entitled Characteristics and Assessment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities, will begin this fall. The 3-credit course will include video conference lectures as well as online interactive sessions (from 5-8 p.m.) across the state.

Student financial support is available for a limited number of participants including current graduate students and current teachers interested in applying for the endorsement in severe disabilities. For more information, contact the Ross College of Education at 561-237-7083.