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promoting inclusion in early childhood educators
What is PIECE?

The College of Education and the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) have been awarded a five-year grant to provide training and support to under-represented early childhood educators to receive an initial teaching license with an authorization in early childhood resulting in a Bachelor's degree. An early intervention/early childhood special education endorsement will be added at the graduate level.

The project provides substantial financial assistance (scholarships) to take classes and complete a teaching authorization focused on inclusion of young children with disabilities. Courses are offered in the evening, during summer, and online.

Download the PIECE brochure.

Who Can Apply?

Join us if you have your associate's degree or equivalent, and:

  • Teach in Head Start, child care, Family Building Blocks, or Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
  • Want to teach young children with disabilities in inclusive early childhood settings
  • Want early childhood faculty who support and mentor you as you move through the program
  • Want to teach children and make a difference in the lives of young children and their families
How to Get Started

45 students will be admitted into Project PIECE, with the first cohort beginning January 2014. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2014.

To request information or an application packet, contact:
Dr. Cindy Ryan, WOU Early Childhood Faculty
Email: | phone: (503) 838-8605
Western Oregon University College of Education

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs #H325K130148. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Teaching Research Institute, nor the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Julia Martin Eile


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