In an effort to assist local educational agencies in meeting
personnel shortages, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education,
Special Education Unit (DESE-SEU), has established Memorandums of Understanding
with Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas Tech University for eligible
individuals to complete the necessary coursework to attain licensure as Special
Education Vision or Hearing Specialists.
Additionally, subject to funding availability, DESE-SEU
will award stipends to educators who attain licensure as a Special Education
Vision or Hearing Specialist, beginning with Federal Fiscal Year 20 (FFY20). The
eligibility criteria for receiving a stipend is attached in the Program
Information document. Instructions for applying for the stipend, as well as
information about the payment of stipends, is included in the same document.
For FFY20, the stipend amount will be $3,875.00. Educators
wishing to participate in the program must submit a Notice of Intent to
Participate form to DESE-SEU six months prior to submitting a Statement of Assurance and Request for
Stipend. Both forms are attached to this memo. Applications for stipends for
FFY20 must be completed and submitted to DESE-SEU prior
to July 15, 2020.
This program will be funded solely with federal funds. No
non-governmental sources will be used to finance the cost of the project.
Please be advised that stipends are subject to the availability of funding.
For more information, please review the Program Information
document attached or contact