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OSEP Training Grant

Effective Practice in High Needs School Districts: Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Craniofacial Anomalies

The California State University San Marcos Department of Speech-Language Pathology training grant addresses the state and national shortage of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) qualified to provide services to children in high need public school districts. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and has a special emphasis on training graduate students for enhanced practice with children who experience low-incidence communication disorders (CDIS) arising from craniofacial anomalies (CFA).

Training Grant Goals

This innovative specialization prepares SLPs to:

  1. Provide quality service to culturally and linguistically diverse children in high need public school settings;
  2. Effectively assess and treat CDIS associated with CFA;
  3. Make ethically and scientifically sound decisions using evidence-based practice.

The project will prepare SLPs to respond to the communication needs of all children, with an emphasis on those from diverse backgrounds. Grant recipients will be trained in a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective on the educational needs and care of public school children from underrepresented populations.

Grant Details

The project is a 12-unit ‘add-on’ spread across the second year of the existing master’s program with an additional summer session of specialized application and practice in the area of CFA. The traditional master’s program is designed for completion in five consecutive semesters. The additional summer session will not delay graduate and will be completed while students await their temporary license and preliminary credential. The project extends this to six semesters, including an additional summer session. The 12 units of specialized content covers cutting edge techniques in the assessment and intervention of articulation, language/literacy, resonance, and dentistry and feeding in children with CFA, including the use of instrumentation and imaging and the collaboration with General and Special Education, Otolaryngology, Social Work/Psychology, and Dentistry.

Students selected to participate in the training grant will receive funding in the second year of their master’s program. This includes: partial tuition reimbursement for courses in the traditional master of science program, full tuition for the 12-unit add-on of specialized study, and a stipend that can assist with tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, and/or miscellaneous personal expenses, and/or room and board. In addition, students selected will receive membership in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and a travel stipend to attend the ACPA annual meeting in the Spring of their second year. Upon graduating with the master’s degree, grant recipients will commit to full-time employment working with infants, toddlers and children who receive special education, related services, or early intervention for a minimum of 51% of their caseload for two years.

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Eligibility And Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) training program has numerous requirements that participants must meet for eligibility and participation.  Please read the requirements carefully to ensure that you understand the expectations.

The selection process for this project will occur as students are admitted into the graduate program.  All applications for the program are scored by committee.

Only applicants accepted to the master’s program will be eligible to participate in the grant.

General Program Requirements During MS SLP Program

  1. Students must complete the full-time master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at CSUSM.
  2. Students must maintain academic eligibility by maintaining a 3.0 GPA, completing all graduate courses, and advancing to candidacy in a timely manner. If a student becomes academically ineligible or decides to separate from the program, he/she will no longer receive grant funding. As a result, the student will be required to repay the cost of all financial support received with interest.
  3. Students will be required to sign a Service Obligation Pre-Scholar Agreement upon acceptance
  4. Students will be required to sign a Service Obligation Exit Certification within 30 days of completion or exit of the grant program.
  5. Students will be notified of specific funding amounts and schedules during an orientation session for grant recipients at the beginning of each academic year.

Service Obligation Post M.S. SLP Graduation

  1. Grant recipients must subsequently maintain employment on a full-time or full-time equivalent basis
  2. Grant recipients must maintain full-time employment for a period of at least two years for every academic year for which assistance was received
  3. Grant recipients must maintain employment as outline in 4. below.
  4. Grant recipients must be employed in a position in which:
    a.  At least 51 percent of my time I provide special education services, related services, or early intervention services to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities (e.g. public school, private practice, hospital); or
    b.  If the position involves supervision including in the capacity of a principal, teaching at the postsecondary level, research, policy, technical assistance, program development, or administration, I spend at least 51 percent of my time performing work related to the training for which a Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program scholarship was received under section 662 of the Act.

Stipend Payback Requirements

If the training grant recipient does not satisfactorily complete all academic and clinical requirements for the M.S. degree or does not fulfill the service obligation through eligible employment, he/she must repay the stipend/reimbursement support with interest and possible additional collection costs.