Counseling and Special Education

Special education funding

Department chair Colleen Thoma gives a presentation

All of our teacher preparation programs have financial support available to support your studies. For the 2014-15 academic year, we are seeking applications for all programs, with funding available in the following programs:

  • Early childhood special education concentration of M.Ed. program (tuition and stipend)
  • Severe disabilities concentration of M.Ed. program (tuition for those holding a provisional license)
  • General education concentration of M.Ed. program (tuition and stipend for those accepted into the Richmond Teacher Residency cohort)

We also offer reduced tuition rates for the licensure-only Certifying Online Virginia Educators program, also known as COVE, which provides coursework needed to earn the Virginia special education general curriculum endorsement for those holding a conditional or provisional license in the area.

For Ph.D. candidates, graduate assistantships may also be available that provide a stipend, tuition support and an opportunity to work with our outstanding faculty. Please contact Dr. Kevin Sutherland, the concentration coordinator, at for more information.

For more information about available funding opportunities, please see the School of Education scholarships page.