Traineeship Scholarship Program
Updated – May, 2013
Fall Semester 2013: The application period will be open from June 21, 2013 to July 19, 2013. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 19, 2013. Award recipients will be notified of their awards by August 9, 2013.
Spring Semester 2014: The application period will be open from October 11, 2013 to November 8, 2013. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 8, 2013. Award recipients will be notified of their awards by November 27, 2013.
Summer Semester 2014: The application period will be open from February 14, 2014 to March 14, 2014. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2014. Award recipients will be notified of their awards by April 9, 2014.
Fall Semester 2014: The application period will be open from June 20, 2014 to July 18, 2014. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 18, 2014. Award recipients will be notified of their awards by August 8, 2014
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), Office of Special Education, receives federal funds from the US Department of Education on an annual basis for personnel preparation. These funds support the Traineeship scholarship. The purpose of these scholarships is to increase and retain the number of personnel in North Dakota who provide educational services to students with disabilities.
Each year the Office of Special Education awards a limited number of Traineeships in priority areas of disabilities to ND teachers who wish to pursue graduate level retraining in the field of special education. Scholarship amounts are based on the credit hours of coursework taken during a semester. Information is sent to every building principal, superintendent and special education director before each application period. The same information is also available on the DPI website. Applications are accepted until the identified deadline. The Traineeship Scholarship Committee will review the application packets and rate according to a pre-identified rubric system.
Determination of recipients is contingent upon such factors as:
- Completion of the application process by submission deadline;
- Unit need;
- Letters of recommendation;
- ND teaching certificate;
- Minimum of two years experience; and
- Acceptance into a graduate program.
- Summer workshops or conferences are not considered coursework under this program;
- Applicants receiving other sources of financial aid or grants for coursework will not receive priority;
- Late, faxed or incomplete application packets will not be accepted; and
- Failure to complete coursework or program requirements will result in disqualification of future award.
The final number of Traineeship recipients will vary each semester, depending upon available funding. Recipients are notified by mail as soon as possible to plan for upcoming semester. DPI encourages repeat applicants.
After an applicant has been accepted for the Traineeship scholarship, the applicant may be funded for a maximum of three (3) years or until they complete their endorsement (whichever comes first). Each semester, the applicant’s responsibilities include sending transcripts; class schedule and a signed Program of Study (only, if revised) to DPI, along with a letter of intent to teach in the subject area in North Dakota.
For more information, contact the Office of Special Education at (701) 328-2277