Project PACT: Preparation About Collaborative Teaching

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Project PACT: Preparation About
Collaborative Teaching

Are you interested in a teaching license in Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS), or cross collaboration between the two? Apply to Project PACT to get funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!

Applications due: March 1, 2021

Benefits of participating in Project PACT

  • Get the funding your need for your DHH or ABS MEd and teaching licensure.
  • Obtain a master's degree and be prepared to earn your teaching license in the state of Minnesota.
  • Benefit from cross disciplinary knowledge and interaction in DHH and ABS.
  • Become qualified to address a wide range of disability areas.

Students funded by PACT will be required to:

  • Spend a minimum of two years (five semesters; including summers) in a rigorous and well supported interdisciplinary program.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary components (ABS and DHH) in their program and coursework.
  • Complete 46 graduate credits and approximately 700 hours of field experience (including student teaching).
  • Participate and assist in the planning of the annual PACT retreat.
  • Commit to attending all PACT trainings and meetings.
  • Be evaluated in all PACT activities and competencies.
  • Participate in mentoring offered through communities of practice and annual retreats.
  • Participate in field experiences to provide opportunities to support a broad array of needs in varying educational settings for diverse learners.
  • Commit to taking American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Education courses.
  • Agree to a service obligation to teach students who are DHH and/or students with disabilities.

How to apply

Submit all required materials as part of your special education MEd application.

Project PACT personnel will follow the high standards for admission required by the University of Minnesota as well as additional project specific requirements, including:


  • Evidence of minimally 300 hours of experience working with children (preferably children who are DHH and/or with disabilities).
  • Minimum undergraduate degree of 3.0 or better
  • While scholars will not be selected based on race, ethnicity or national origin, we will seek to recruit highly qualified scholars from underrepresented cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, children of Deaf adults (CODAs), and parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or have disabilities.
  • Undergraduate degree in the areas of special education, Deaf education, elementary education, bilingual/ESL education, and Deaf studies

Application requirements

  • A personal statement (as part of your MEd application) which indicates your interest in Project PACT and your commitment to serving DHH children and/or children with disabilities
  • Three letters of recommendations (two required for the MEd application and one additional to qualify for Project PACT)
  • Video submission of ASL skills (for DHH applicants)


If you have any questions during the application process, please contact us.

DHH teaching licensure and MEd

Debbie Golos, PhD
Associate Professor
Deaf Education

ABS teaching licensure and MEd

Kathy Seifert, PhD
Learning Disabilities Licensure and MEd Program Coordinator