Western Kentucky University Scholarship Program
The New York City Department of Education in conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and Western Kentucky University has developed a successful collaboration to address the shortage of bilingual and monolingual Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLDs) in New York City public schools. This collaboration is designed to recruit potential candidates for conditional initial certification; provide course work in clinical pratica; prepare candidates for required certification exams and assist candidates to apply for and receive full tuition benefits for the duration of their education program.
Our mission is to prepare competent professionals to address the diverse needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse students in a variety of multiethnic and multicultural settings. The Masters of Science Program in speech language pathology will provide matriculated students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for graduation, ASHA certification, and New York State initial certification for Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. The scholarship program is offered in a hybrid, distance education format designed to meet the organizations goal of providing a credential program by which participants can complete a master’s degree online. The online coursework is supplemented by weekly online class meetings, face to face weekend meetings in New York City, and the support of the UFT Teachers Center staff. The coursework incorporates the knowledge and skills training necessary to work in a public school setting. The objective of the program is to instill the solid theoretical, clinical and research components of speech language pathology within the program participants. The NYC Department of Education’s Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester. To apply, click here.
To be considered for acceptance into the Scholarship Program, you must complete the online application and submit the following documentation within 10 business days from the date the application was filed:
- College transcript(s) documenting the award of a Bachelor's Degree. Transcripts must reflect degree earned, date earned and the cumulative G.P.A., student copies are acceptable.
- Copies of all New York State or other state teaching certificates including any Bilingual extensions to the State certificate you may hold.
- Candidates must meet the admission requirements for Western Kentucky University.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. (Example: Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card.)
- Two (2) letters of reference (1 personal, 1 professional)
- A non-refundable application fee of $30.00 in the form of a money order made payable to the New York City Department of Education. Personal checks will not be accepted.
All documentation must be submitted within 10 business days from the date the application was filed. Please mail documents to:
New York City Department of Education
Office of Scholarship and Incentive Programs
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
Attention: Scholarship Program
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 10, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
About Western Kentucky University's Distance Learning Program
The Communication Disorders Department at Western Kentucky University (WKU) was established in 1975, and accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology in 1993.
The Master of Science in Communication Disorders is designed to prepare professional speech pathologists to meet the needs of the communicatively impaired. It is also designed to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, leading to national certification and state licensure.
Admission and Program Requirements
Admission to the Communication Disorders program is extremely competitive. Individuals interested in applying should contact the department for additional information prior to applying. A minimum of 42 academic and 7 clinical credits are required for graduation. An additional 27 credits in education are required to obtain your New York State Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
NOTE: If you are applying to the NYCDOE/UFT/WKU SLP Cohort, please bring this information to the admission counselor’s attention. For information on WKU Admissions Requirements, Program Requirements, Policies and Procedures, Fees and Expenses, and Application, go to the WKU webpage at www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders or call (270) 745-2278.
For additional program information please view the Fact Sheet.