Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE)

Welcome to iSHINE: Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020!

Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE) is an interdisciplinary personnel preparation project supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. iSHINE represents a collaborative effort between the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University and will prepare pre-service speech-language pathologists, reading specialists, and special educators to serve children with disabilities who have "high-intensity" needs as members of interdisciplinary teams in K-12 school settings.

Interested students fully admitted to the ASU graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education or Reading Education at Appalachian State University are invited to submit an application for an iSHINE traineeship.  Applications must be received by April 3, 2020, and will be reviewed by project personnel. Initial decisions about traineeships will be made by April 15th, 2020. Please download the application for Fall 2020 here.  

Students accepted to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology should email their completed iSHINE application to Dr. Lakey: lakeyer@appstate.edu

Students accepted to the graduate program in Special Education or Reading Education should email their completed iSHINE application to Dr. Cheek: cheekae1@appstate.edu

Interested students can view frequently asked questions here


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