Bethune-Cookman to Expand Special Education Program

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Mar 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 06:32:00-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman University is using a $1.25 million grant to encourage people to go into the field of special education.

The recent grant from the Office of Special Education will help the school launch a program called Project Child.

Willis Walter, the school's dean of the school of education, cited a critical shortage of special education teachers nationwide. He says the program will give students an incentive to go into the field.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports one addition is a fully online master's degree program in exceptional student education. The grant will be used to provide scholarships.

School officials want to recruit, retain and graduate 70 master level teachers. Currently the university has 358 undergraduate students majoring in education, but just 39 are concentrating on exceptional special education.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,