Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant Opportunity

In response to the ongoing and intense need to provide appropriately certified and endorsed teachers for students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (MDE OSE) is offering a Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant opportunity. Districts eligible to apply for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant must have a 60 percent or higher Free and Reduced-Meals population, based on the fall 2019 data.

The Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant funds are intended to incentivize certified Michigan teachers to earn an additional endorsement in special education for employment in a program where they are currently not qualified. Districts must follow the Special Education Personnel Approvals process for employing teachers under initial temporary approval. 

Tuition reimbursement is available for all teachers employed under an initial special education teacher temporary approval following the May 14, 2021 implementation date. The grant does not take the place of the Special Education Personnel Approvals process, but rather it enhances it by making Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant funds available.

The grant can be used to cover tuition costs up to $800.00 per credit hour for a maximum of six credits per year, per teacher for up to three years.

Visit the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant page for more information, including access to the application.