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Preparing Rural Inclusive Multicultural Exceptional-educators (PRIME) 
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Special Education/CLDE, and ESL

Project Description: Northern Arizona University College of Education and Yuma Branch Campus in partnership with Yuma county schools (Yuma Union High School District; Yuma Elementary 1, Somerton; Gadsden; Crane; Wellton; Parker; Hyder; Antelope Valley, and La Paz County Schools) will prepare general education and special education undergraduate teacher education students employed as paraprofessionals in rural school districts in La Paz county and the Yuma area on the border of Mexico to improve instruction for English Learners (ELs) and English Learners with disabilities. NAU will work in consortium with Yuma LEA partners to prepare Highly Qualified teachers who are well prepared to serve EL students and EL students with disabilities through delivery of a pre-service teacher preparation program leading to Arizona Endorsement in ESL and Arizona certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. The curriculum will emphasize STEM content education which will be infused into ESL and Special Education courses as well as ESL being infused into Science, Math, and Technology courses.   PRIME graduates will be Highly Qualified teachers who have expertise in using ESL strategies and effective assessment procedures, methods and materials for CLDE students.

Number and Type Participants Projected To Be Served.  Over 5 years, it is projected that 48 Pre-service Bachelors of Science (BS) Degree in Education undergraduate students who are all employed as Paraprofessionals in Special Education will be served.  These Career Ladder paraprofessionals will develop the competencies to become fully certified Highly Qualified Teachers with a focus on improving instruction for English Learners (ELs) and ELs with disabilities  in Elementary Education/Special Education (k-12 Cross Categorical Disabilities)  and earn the Arizona Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL).  These 48 students will be divided into 3 cohorts of 16 students in each cohort.  Each cohort will take classes for approximately 20 months. By the end of the five year grant, it is projected that 48 pre-service teachers will have received training in ESL, Special Education (SpEd), Culturally Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) Education, STEM subjects of Science, Math, and Technology, Elementary Education (ElemEd), and Middle School Education.

Yr 1- Fall 2011-Cohort 1: 16 ElemEd/SpEd/ESL Undergraduate Career Ladder Pre-service students Begin the 24 courses in the PRIME grant program for 5 semesters of coursework.  Cohort 1 coursework Completed in Yr 2 Spring 2013. 

Yr 2- Summer 2013Cohort 2: 16 ElemEd/SpEd/ESL Undergraduate Career Ladder Pre-service students Begin the 24 courses in the PRIME grant program for 5 semesters of coursework. Cohort 2 coursework Completed in Yr 4 Fall 2014.

Yr 4 -Spring 2015Cohort 3: 16 ElemEd/SpEd/ESL Undergraduate Career Ladder Pre-service students Begin the 24 courses in the PRIME grant program for 5 semesters of coursework. Coursework Completed in Yr 5 Summer 2016.

 



 

 
 
 
 
 

   

 

 

 

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