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Project ProPELL


ProPELL: Your Future at the University of Maryland

What is Project ProPELL?

Special Education faculty in the College of Education have received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for a doctoral training program. Project ProPELL (Preparing Practice-based Researchers with Expertise in Language and Literacy) will be directed by Dr. Rebecca Silverman, and co-directed by Drs. Kelli Cummings, Susan De La Paz, Ana Taboada Barber and Jade Wexler, all Special Education faculty and members of the Language and Literacy Research Center. We are searching for highly qualified candidates to join our program.

What to Expect:

As a doctoral student in Project ProPELL you will receive specialized training in language and literacy for high-need students with or at risk for learning disabilities. ProPELL is designed to prepare highly qualified doctoral candidates for special education faculty positions. Through this specialized program we will help address a chronic shortage in higher education faculty who train future special education teachers. ProPELL participants will have opportunities to:

  • Engage in rich academic content

    • General coursework in special education and research methods
    • Specialized coursework in language and literacy

  • Participate in unique research and mentoring experiences

    • Research apprenticeships with faculty on school-based projects
    • Collaborative research-to-practice experiences with local school districts

  • Hone leadership skills with unique scholarly experiences

    • Internship with a Washington D.C. area research, policy, or practice organization
    • Professional presentations to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners
    • Opportunities to propose and lead outreach initiatives

Funding Opportunities:

Accepted full-time students will receive the following benefits:

  • Funding for 4 years of tuition and fees
  • An annual stipend for the duration of the program
  • Funding towards health insurance
  • Travel allowance for conference presentations
  • Funding for implementing dissertation research

Ideal Candidates:

Ideal candidates will be highly motivated individuals with a goal to develop scholarship and leadership skills in language and literacy for high-need students with or at risk for learning disabilities. Candidates will have opportunities to work closely with one of the ProPELL faculty members within their areas of expertise. Applicants must have a master's degree in a Special Education or a related field, and a minimum of 2-3 years of classroom teaching or comparative applied experience. For best consideration, candidates should apply by Dec. 1, 2016 and no later than Feb. 1, 2017.

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Project ProPELL: Frequently Asked Questions

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