University of Louisville gets grant for teacher training

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville has received a $1.2 million federal grant to boost the number of teachers certified to work with special-needs children.

The grant goes to UofL’s College of Education and Human Development. The school says the grant will fund two years of tuition for UofL students who earn dual certification in elementary education and moderate/severe intellectual disability.

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UofL education professor Robert Pennington says the program is aimed at creating a pipeline of elementary school teachers who can serve students with disabilities. Pennington will oversee the program.

Pennington says there has been a perennial shortage of teachers trained to help special-needs children. He says the grant should go a long way toward dealing with that problem.


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