Project PIECE


Project PIECE

Promoting Inclusion in Early Childhood Educators


The College of Education and The Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) have been awarded a five-year grant to provide training and mentoring supports to under-represented early childhood educators to receive an initial teaching license resulting in a Bachelor's degree with an endorsement in early intervention/early childhood special education added at the graduate level.

The project provides substantial financial assistance (scholarships) to take classes and an iPad for the duration of the project. Courses are offered in the evening, during summer and on-line to facilitate a flexible schedule. 



Who is involved?

Participants have an associate's degree or equivalent, and:

  • Teach in Head Start, child care, Family Building Blocks, or Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
  • Want to teach young children with disabilities in inclusive early childhood settings
  • Want early childhood faculty who support and mentor you as you move through the program
  • Want to teach children and make a difference in the lives of young children and their families


34 students have been admitted into Project PIECE, with the first cohort beginning January 2014.


For more information about Project PIECE, contact:
Dr. Cindy Ryan, WOU Early Childhood Faculty
Email: ryanc@wou.edu | phone: (503) 838-8605
Western Oregon University College of Education


The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H325K130148. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of The Research Institute, nor the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Julia Martin Eile.


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