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What is the Special Education Technology Scholars Program?
The Michigan State University Special Education Technology Scholars (SETS) program has been funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide with coursework and experiences that will prepare doctoral students to become leading scholars and teacher educators in the field to assistive technology.
Program opportunities include:
· Mentoring by faculty renowned for their work in special education and educational technology.
· Courses in special education, research methods, and learning and technology.
· Research practica in assistive technology development, implementation, and/or evaluation.
· Online teaching and course development.
· Dissertation research involving issues related to assistive technology.
Why should YOU attend the SETS program at Michigan State University?
You will receive substantial financial support for four years of study
A research or teaching assistantship for four to engage in research and/or teaching related to your career goals.
A fellowship in the first two years of study to support your professional development.
Tuition, fees, and health insurance are paid by the grant.
Approximately $1,500 for professional travel each year.
You will have the opportunity to engage in state-of-the art research and teaching. Here are just a few of the projects in which you might participate:
· Virtual History Museum: An interactive, online web-based history learning environment that promotes the historical understanding of all students and offers cognitive supports and mediational tools to enable full participation and success for students with mild disabilities.
· Living History: Virtual history world, in which students can live history by assuming the role of historical characters and interacting with other historical characters. Support provided for students with mild disabilities through cognitive scaffolds and online tools and supports.
· Project ACCELerate: A technology-based learning environment that integrates evidence-based literacy strategies that can help students read and write expository texts in language arts and social studies classes. Texts include both traditional (e.g., textbooks, primary documents) and technology-based information sources (e.g., websites).
· National Center for the Study of Supported Electronic Text: A project under the aegis of a national center, situated at the University of Oregon, in which we are investigating the impact of various features of electronic text on the reading comprehension and engagement of middle school students with learning disabilities.
· Teaching in the Online Masters special education specialization.
· Developing new online modules for undergraduate and masters courses in instructional methods and special education
The MSU College of Education is known around the world for its scholarship and leadership. Eight of the programs in MSU’s College of Education are ranked in the top 10 in the United States.
What will you gain from the SETS program?
You will work with other students who are highly talented, skilled, and motivated. Admission to our doctoral programs is highly competitive. Our students come from all over the country (and world), and bring a variety of experiences and interests to their studies.
You will be a valued member of our intellectual community. Our doctoral students work as collaborators and partners with faculty in special education and throughout the College. You can expect to play an important role in ongoing work here as you develop or refine your ideas about your personal program of intellectual growth. Your ideas and contributions are important to us, and we expect to learn much from you.
You will be prepared for the future. We will work closely with you in all aspects of your doctoral preparation, mentoring you through numerous scholarly and professional experiences to ensure that you are prepared for a career in higher education or other leadership positions.
For more information about the program, contact: Cindy Okolo, PhD or Carol Sue Englert, PhD Michigan State University College of Education 517-335-1837 or
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