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Old Dominion University's Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program has been awarded the 2006 American Council for
Rural Special Education Exemplary Program award.

"We are all very proud of the contributions of this program to children with disabilities all across the Commonwealth of Virginia," said William H. Graves, Dean
Darden College of Education. " And, we are especially proud of our faculty and staff who have worked so very hard to make the program a successful one."

Old Dominion University will be represented at the award ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky by Dr. Steven Tonelson, Professor, and Ms. Ann Maydosz
of the CSEEP staff.

The CSEEP program was created through a grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The CSEEP program allows those already teaching special education in public schools to take a condensed, distance-learning course for just $100 per class.

"Teachers stay in place, teaching, while becoming significantly more effective," said Grant Director Steve Tonelson of the university's Lions Child Study Center. "It overcomes being geographically and financially bound while providing the same course work, knowledge and skills obtained in traditional programs."

Since its inception in 1998 the program has resulted in 800 fully accredited special education teachers in the public school systems where before they were only working on minimal knowledge of special needs under provisional/temporary licenses.

Providing this amount of flexibility and financial support is allowing more mature and experienced teachers to continue to improve their skills and opening the door to higher education for teachers who are also parents with little time for travel to the main campus.

To learn more about CSEEP please see the article in the the Winter 2006 (vol. 9) edition of Quest Magazine.

This article was posted on: March 17, 2006

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