Leuwania Baker

Director of Student Support Services
and Special Education

Administrative Assistant
Cathi Marshall

Student Support Services' Mission

Our mission is to provide support for the success of all students in District 186.

Our district provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities from preschool, age three, through high school graduation. Specialized services are also provided for limited English proficient students, students with health needs, and students with social emotional needs.

We hope our web site addresses many of your questions, but for additional information please call our office at 217-525-3060.

Recruitment Information for the PCRP Grant at the University of Illinois

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a *master's degree, *with an *emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families*. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2-year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus. There are no online courses at the present time. [Note: If you already have an Illinois Professional Educator License and the ECE Endorsement (formerly known as the Type 04 teaching certificate), one of the program options for our master’s degree includes the coursework and field experience required by the Illinois State Board of Education for the ESL Endorsement.]

Interested individuals should apply to the graduate master’s (Infancy/Early Childhood) program in the Department of Special Education. Deadline for receipt of admission applications is

*April 1st *for enrollment beginning the *Fall 2016* *semester*.

If accepted into the program, funding consists of a traineeship stipend, a tuition waiver, and waiver of some fees. Funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Attached to this funding is a *service obligation* to be fulfilled after completion of the degree: two years of service in a professional setting that benefits young children with disabilities for every one-year of funding accepted. This service obligation can be met through paid employment in the early childhood special education field anywhere in the continental United States.

For more details about the ECSE master’s program, admissions application, Project funding, or service obligation, contact Dr. Mary-alayne Hughes, PCRP Project Director, at