Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA
2004: Public Law 108-446) is a law ensuring services to children
with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEIA governs how states
and public agencies provide early intervention, special education,
and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants,
toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. The Act increased
the need in Kentucky for qualified special education and early
childhood teachers. The Division of Exceptional Children Services
(DECS) addresses this need through the Traineeship Program by
allocating federal professional development (CSPD) funds to provide
tuition assistance for special educators and preschool teachers
in obtaining certification in the area in which they are teaching.
With the increasing shortage of fully certified teachers seeking
teaching positions in special education and early childhood education,
a major focus of the Traineeship program is on teachers seeking
alternative certification, emergency or probationary certification,
and working toward full certification while enrolled in a Kentucky
institution of higher education.
Traineeship Program funds are available to help defray part of
the tuition costs for courses that lead to teacher certification
in special education or early childhood education. Currently approved
programs include the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville,
Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky
State University, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University,
Northern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, University of
the Cumberlands, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Asbury
College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, and Union
The areas of certification approvable are Visually Impaired, Hearing
Impaired, Learning & Behavior Disorders, Moderate & Severe
Disabilities, Early Childhood Education IECE, Communication Disabilities,
*Director of Special Education (explanation below).
for graduate students seeking certification as Director of Special
Education (DOSE) is no longer available through the Traineeship
Program. With the current reduction in funding and the critical
need for special education teachers, only individuals actually
serving a district in the primary role of DOSE on either a probationary
or temporary provisional certificate will be eligible for Traineeship
The web page and forms have been updated.
Please review all parts of the web page and make note of any changes impacting your program.
Applications for summer semester of 2012 must be postmarked by April 2, 2012.
A for continuing students) must be postmarked on or before the
following deadlines for each semester:
Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: November
Summer Semester: April
is required for each course funded by the Traineeship
Deadline for Grade Submission:
January 15 for courses completed
during the fall semester;
June 15 for courses completed during
the spring semester; and
September 15 for courses completed
during the summer semester.
Northern Kentucky University
245 Johns Hill Road
Highland Heights, KY 41099