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Partnering Assessment and Intervention Responsiveness in Interdisciplinary Teams (PAIR-IT)


Project PAIR-IT, Partnering Assessment and Intervention Responsiveness in Interdisciplinary Teams (H325K190106) is a Preparation of Special Education, Related Services, and Early Intervention grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Research.

The purpose of Project PAIR-IT is to prepare high-quality scholars in special education and school psychology through an interdisciplinary advanced degree training program. This interdisciplinary program systematically embeds shared content, group assignments, and coordinated field experiences to prepare scholars as experts and leaders in their respective fields.

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Applicant Expectations

  • Must be a U.S. citizen 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Special education candidates must be first-time certificate seekers

  • School psychology candidates must have completed prerequisite coursework and GRE

Program Highlights

  • Fully-funded tuition
  • Additional supports including textbooks, a laptop
  • Conference travel opportunities
  • School-based practica and internships
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Interdisciplinary experiences
a teacher leans across a desk to help three students with an assignment
a school psychologists conducts an assessment with a young student, the school psychologist is writing on a clipboard and a small flip chart is situated on the table between the pair

Scholars who are accepted into Project PAIR IT will graduate with knowledge and expertise as:

  • Leaders of interdisciplinary team-based district, school, and classroom programs
  • Practitioners of well-differentiated, evidenced-based individualized and intensive interventions for children with disabilities with high-intensity needs
  • Developers and implementors who can build capacity for emergent multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), using data-based decision making (DBDM)