Project PEDS

Project PEDS (Preparing Effective Dual Specialists to Serve Students with Visual Impairments

An Interdisciplinary Special Education Personnel Preparation Project funded by:

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): U.S. Department of Education, Project ID #H325K180021

Teach - Collaborate: Make a Difference for Students with Visual Impairments

Support provided to earn a master’s degree, a teaching credential, and a clinical service credential to work with students with visual impairments birth to age 22. High demand field. Stipends covering in-state tuition for Spring/Fall and Summer Sessions. Support for books also provided.

  • Stipends available for a limited number of eligible applicants

  • Scholars must pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an option in Visual Impairment and Blindness in either Orientation & Mobility or Teacher Preparation and be committed to obtaining dual credentialing as orientation & mobility (O&M) specialists and education specialists: visual impairments.

  • Awarded scholars have a two-year payback requirement for each year of support received working with children and youth who receive special education services

  • Stipend awards may affect Financial Aid calculations

  • Scholars are required to meet all grant obligations, including coursework, fieldwork and state testing requirements.

Contact for more details and an application:

PEDS Grant Project Coordinator: Anne Jeanette Dwight

[email protected]; (323) 343-4411


Principal Investigator: Diane Fazzi, Ph.D., COMS

[email protected]; (323) 343-4411


Co-Principal Investigator: Cheryl Kamei Hannan, Ph.D.

[email protected]; (323) 343-6161