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Special Education/IECE Certification

Traineeship Program funds are available to help defray part of the tuition costs for courses that lead to teacher certification in special education or early childhood education. Currently approved programs include the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, University of the Cumberlands, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Asbury College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University and Union College.

The Traineeship Program is currently accepting Summer 2023 applications.  Please go to the application process tab for the online application.  The deadline for Summer 2023 applications is April 1, 2023.


Applications must be submitted each semester observing posted deadlines and including all required forms/documentation. 

Recipient’s Responsibilities

Applications are required to submit specific documents that may vary depending on where they are in the traineeship process. Grades must be submitted at the completion of each course.

Tuition Payment

Tuition is paid directly to the University for Traineeship approved courses that are specified in the applicants approval letter. Other costs or expenses (books, insurance, etc.) are not covered by grant funds


Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding. Applicant must be a full time employee in a Kentucky work setting in a position for which they are seeking certification.