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Interdisciplinary Education - Early Childhood Opportunities (EChO) Scholars

The University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the College of Education and Human Development are collaborating on this four-year project to support the preparation of highly qualified early intervention professionals serving children with disabilities in Maine. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the total annual funding is designated for student stipends. The EChO Scholars project represents Maine’s only graduate study designed with an emphasis on high needs young children ages birth-5 with disabilities and their families, including children who live in poverty, are homeless, are in foster care, are English language learners, or who reside in rural, remote, and sparsely populated areas with limited access to resources.

EChO Scholars addresses an urgent need for fully credentialed early intervention personnel in Maine. In exchange for a commitment to serve young children with disabilities and their families, forty EChO Scholars will be selected to receive financial support for full-time graduate study. Twenty high-performing UMaine undergraduates in early childhood education will be selected to participate in a 5th Year Masters option, and twenty early childhood professionals will be selected to participate in a Masters for Early Childhood Professionals option. At the conclusion of the four-year project period, all EChO Scholars will complete requirements for both the Master of Education degree and state certification in early childhood special education (birth-five).

For details about the EChO Scholars program please view the EChO Scholars brochure (PDF) here. Additional information can be found by following the EChO Scholars Frequently Asked Questions link below.

Read the UMaine News Release about Early Childhood Opportunities (EChO) Scholars (November 2010).

Funding Source:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs #H325K100124

Funding Period:

October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2014

Project Director:

Lucille A. Zeph, Ed.D., Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator
Director of CCIDS and Associate Professor of Education
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (UCEDD)
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
lu.zeph@umit.maine.edu

Project Coordinator and Contact:

Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator
Assistant Research Professor
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (UCEDD)
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
deborah.rooks@umit.maine.edu

Faculty:

Sandy Doctoroff, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (UCEDD)
225 Western Avenue
Augusta, Maine 04330
sandra.doctoroff@umit.maine.edu
207/623-3925 (V)
877/475-4800 (V/TTY)

Mary Ellin Logue, Ed.D., Associate Professor
University of Maine
College of Education and Human Development
119 Merrill Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5749
mary.logue@umit.maine.edu
207/581-2726

Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor and EChO Scholars Project Coordinator
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (UCEDD)
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
deborah.rooks@umit.maine.edu
207/581-2093

Links:

IDEAs that work.

U.S. Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs


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