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Early Childhood Special Education Scholarship Program: EEL Project

Early Childhood Special Education Scholarship Program: EEL Project

Enhancing Early Learning Environments and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities

Enhancing Early Learning Environments and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities (EEL): A Training of Trainers Approach is a federally funded scholarship program to educate certified early childhood teachers to become educators and leaders in the early childhood special education (ECSE) field.

Major outcomes of this project include acquisition of knowledge and skills as certified ECSE teachers with an emphasis on providing high-quality early childhood environments and addressing challenging behavior, response to intervention, and developing collaboration and leadership skills, with the aim of helping young children at risk and with disabilities develop critical P-12 school readiness and career outcomes.

What are the benefits of becoming an EEL Scholar?

  • Candidates selected will be immersed in strategies and interventions to address challenging behaviors, develop collaborative and leadership skills, and become trainers/ leaders in promoting the school readiness skills of high-need young children with disabilities. Specifically they will gain knowledge and skills in early identification and intervention, differentiated instruction, IFSP (individualized family service plan) and IEP (individualized education program) development, emergent literacy and math, inclusion, family-centered practice, assessment, collaborative consultation, and culturally and linguistically appropriate and responsive instructional and assessment practices in inclusive early childhood special education settings.
  • Candidates will receive 80% scholarship support in tuition.
  • Courses will be offered at our Lincoln Center campus (113 West 60th Street, New York City); and
  • Courses will be offered in the evenings during spring, summer, and fall.
  • Full-time teachers can finish this program in two and a half years.

Who Should Apply?

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent residents
  • An initial or professional certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Education
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
Selected applicants will have an orientation and interview.

The next EEL cohort will begin in the Fall 2016 semester. Please contact us for additional information.

How Do I Apply?

Submit an application online. For Program, select "M.S.E. in Early Childhood Special Education - EEL Project."

The general Fordham application requires:
  • Official transcripts of all coursework (including non-matriculated and study abroad coursework); (All international transcripts must be translated into English and converted to a US scale for credit hours, grades and final GPA. Please use World Evaluation Services for this evaluation);
  • professional resume;
  • a personal statement indicating a strong desire to teach in areas of high need;
  • two recommendation letters and completed evaluation forms ; and
  • $70 application fee
Finalists will be invited for an on-campus interview.

Note: Students must submit a FAFSA to receive the EEL Project funding.


Project Director
Dr. Chun Zhang

Admissions Office
Linda Horisk
Assistant Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Services

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