ERIC Number: ED462768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-28
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program: Rural Early Intervention Specialists for Low Incidence Disabilities (REIS/LID). Final Grant Performance Report [and] REIS/LID Student Guide.
Maine Univ., Orono. Center for Community Inclusion.
This final report describes accomplishments and activities of a 3-year federally funded project of the University of Maine to develop and deliver a graduate Master's degree program in early intervention for infants and young children with low incidence disabilities. A curriculum was designed to prepare professionals to provide culturally relevant, family-centered, inclusive, interdisciplinary services. To make the coursework accessible to professionals practicing in rural areas, classes were offered through a combination of weekend classes, interactive video conferencing, intensive summer institutes, and on-site and online supervision and advisement. Each student also completed two semesters of practica and a graduate project. Students were expected to demonstrate competencies in nine areas with assessment via formative evaluation, formal evaluation at the end of each semester, and portfolio evaluation. Project challenges included student attrition (from 31 to 18), geography and weather conditions, use of alternate scheduling formats, and technological difficulties. Curriculum materials comprise the major portion of the document and include a table of course sequence and course descriptions, course syllabi, forms for evaluating program competencies, a low incidence disability knowledge and skills checklist, and the agenda of a project forum on professional development in early intervention. The REIS/LID Student Guide gives an overview of the REIS/LID program, summarizing the curriculum certification, competencies, course descriptions, degree options, graduate projects, portfolios, practica, stipends, and tuition. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Center for Community Inclusion.