Dr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) received over $249,000 in funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for her project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”
A critical concern in early childhood special education is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach high-needs children from birth to five years old who have disabilities. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners or who may be immigrants.
Building on prior success at UNCG, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high-quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal is to increase the number of highly qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Kang holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Ewha Womens University in South Korea, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Unified Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas.