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Project CAT (Comprehensive Autism Teaching)  

Responding to the critical need for special educators with expertise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Project CAT will initiate and implement a modified Master's program designed to provide advanced training of teachers, resulting in a Master's in Special Education, with an emphasis in ASD. The project will recruit, educate, retain, and support 56 special educators (4 cohorts of 14) who are currently teaching or who are interested in teaching students with ASD. The project will implement newly modified coursework that incorporates research-based practices with integrated training and practice opportunities in order to enhance the skills of special education teachers. In Project CAT, candidates will be mentored by (a) an adult with a disability in order to gain a full understanding of disability culture and disability rights, and (b) a professional educator with at least three years of experience in the classroom working with students with ASD. Candidates will also participate in an Action Research Project involving students with ASD and present their research at the annual university research conference. The project will be evaluated, and findings will be disseminated nationwide. Of the total funding, 65% will go directly to student support. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,993.00
Current Award Period 2008-2012
Project Number H325K080208
Principal Investigator Storey, Keith
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Touro University
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Project CAT (Comprehensive Autism Teaching) (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Project CAT (Comprehensive Autism Teaching) | $199,988.00 | 2011 | H325K080208
Project CAT (Comprehensive Autism Teaching) | $0.00 | 2012 | H325K080208