Johns Hopkins, in cooperation with the Maryland State
Department of Education and several local school districts,
has received a $768,688 federal grant to train new leaders
in special education.
The new doctoral program, offered by the
Graduate Division of
Education in the
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Education, will be open to current educators with
master's degrees and at least four years of experience. As
part of this grant, substantial tuition scholarships are
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the
program addresses the shortage of special educators in
Maryland schools by preparing doctoral-level personnel who
will bring the latest in educational research to the
classroom. Nationwide, 98 percent of U.S. schools report
shortages of qualified special educators, according to the
Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education.
Michael S. Rosenberg, the grant's project director and
a professor in the Department of Special Education, said
the Johns Hopkins effort will concentrate on recruiting
personnel for urban schools.
"It is our belief that urban districts are in the most
immediate need of highly trained special education
leaders," said Rosenberg, who is also involved in federally
funded research efforts with the Center on Personnel
Studies in Special Education.
Program co-director Alan Green said, "This program
will help develop skilled leaders who understand students
with academic and behavioral problems and can design and
implement new initiatives that will lead to improvements in
student achievement and school functioning."
Graduates of the 72-credit program will be awarded the
doctor of education degree and will be eligible for
Maryland certification in administration and
Information sessions will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 14
on the Homewood campus. For information, call