Project VIDEO - Fellowships in Special Education and Speech Language Pathology

The School of Education and Human Development is excited to offer a fellowship program for candidates beginning their careers in special education and speech language pathology!

Have you thought about becoming a special education teacher or speech-language pathologist? Do you have an interest in learning how to teach students to read? Project VIDEO could be for you! The School of Education and Human Development is offering $12,000 fellowships to well-qualified individuals seeking to become special education teachers or speech-language pathologists who plan to work in P-12 schools.

Like most states, Virginia has a critical shortage of certified special educators and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). This shortage contributes to students with disabilities experiencing disproportionately low academic outcomes compared to other student group (Virginia Department of Education, 2019). The purpose of Project VIDEO (Virginia Intensification for Individuals with Dyslexia who need Explicitness and Ongoing Tiered Supports) is to prepare special education teachers alongside SLPs as they learn to support students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia. This project is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the U.S. Department of Education (Grant # H325K190048). The successful completion of this project will contribute to OSEP Director Laurie VanderPloeg’s call to attract, prepare, and retain effective personnel in special education.

The Program

Funded scholars in project VIDEO will either be enrolled in one of the following School of Education and Human development programs:

Fellows must have a bachelor's degree prior to entering one of the master's program. The scholars selected from among the two programs will complete their respective programs but will also share coursework and aligned practice-based opportunities in shared clinical experiences. The two programs have separate application processes and requirements.


Over the next five years, we aim to use project funds to support 75 future professionals who will serve Virginia students with dyslexia and other disabilities.

  • The first VIDEO scholars from special education enrolled in June of 2020 and will complete their masters/licensure program in May of 2021 (11-month program).
  • The first VIDEO scholars in the SLP program enrolled in August of 2020 and will graduate in December of 2022 (2.5-year program).
  • Subsequent scholars will follow the same sequence for the duration of project funding. Apply now to join the next cohort!

Each fellow will receive a $12,000 fellowship to help address financial barriers to entering the field.  The fellowship will be applied directly to the student account to defray the cost of tuition.  Other fellowships, scholarships and awards are also available.  Scholars who accept funding from the federal government are expected to work with students with disabilities in schools for two years for every one year they accept funding.

Next Steps

Apply to the master's program of your choice.

  • M.T. in Special Education: apply by February 1
  • M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders: apply by December 1

Beginning in August 2022, the VIDEO Project will be open to SLP graduate students who are on either the Blue or Orange CSD curricular path. Applicants to the CSD program who would like to be considered for the VIDEO Project should email Dr. LaVae Hoffman to indicate their interest.

Program applicants may be invited for a brief web-based interview to ensure fit between career goals and program outcomes. These candidates will be selected based on the applications submitted for admission to the master's programs.

Questions?  Email Project Directors Dr. Michael Kennedy (Special Education) or Dr. LaVae Hoffman (Speech-Language Pathology)