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Preparing Early Educators in Appalachian Kentucky (PEEAK) Grant

Preparing Early Educators in Appalachian Kentucky (PEEAK) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and is a five year personnel preparation grant running 2015-2019. The purpose of the grant is to prepare highly qualified early childhood special educators and early interventionists to serve in high need areas, such as the Morehead service region. More than 30 students will be funded for the IECE MAT Program over 5 years.

Students enrolled in the MAT program and eligible for Traineeship funding (public preschool teachers) are required to apply for and use Traineeship funding first- then PEEAK provides any additional funding needed. Undergraduate students, graduate students in the Teacher Leader program and graduate students in other MAT programs (non-IECE) are not eligible. 

There is a service obligation attached to this grant funding. For every academic year of funding provided under PEEAK, scholars are required to provide the "full-time equivalent" 2 years of service. The IECE MAT program is designed to take 2-2.5 years to complete so the average scholar will "owe" 4-5 years of service in the ECSE/EI field.

Download the application.



Tuition for courses in the IECE MAT program; book stipend up to $300 per year; travel stipend up to $400 per year


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