Each year the United States Department of Education-Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs (OSERS) awards personnel development grants to colleges and universities to prepare persons in the following categories across many special education areas: leadership (doctoral level); early intervention and early childhood; low-incidence; high-incidence; related services (including therapeutic recreation), speech/language, and adapted physical education.
This federal grant competition is entitled Special Education--Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities. The purpose of the program is to: (1) help address state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education to work with children with disabilities, and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful, needed to serve these children. For further information about this program, see page 258 of the "Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs".
Colleges and universities awarded these grants can provide financial assistance to qualified persons wishing to pursue advanced academic study. According to each university’s programs, academic study may be at the bachelors, masters, or doctoral level. Many universities have been federally funded specifically in adapted physical education or therapeutic recreation at several degree levels. These federal grants are awarded to select universities annually for 3-4 years through a competitive process, and financial assistance is then awarded to students through the individual institution.
The schools listed below currently have federal grants and may have funding available for eligible persons wishing to pursue advanced academic preparation in adapted physical education or therapeutic recreation. Contact these individual programs for specific requirements.