UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret Gillis. Dr. Margaret Gillis (Specialized Education Services) received additional funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “Online Master’s Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.”

Additionally, she received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.” A critical concern in early childhood special education (ECSE) is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. The abstract explains that, specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners, or who may be immigrants. UNCG offers a synchronous online post-baccalaureate (post-bac) certificate program specializing in ECSE through an interdisciplinary approach.  Building on prior success, this project focuses on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups.