Graduate School of Education


UCR Special Education Scholars Program

Interested in becoming a special education teacher, debt-free? 15 opportunities available. Apply by March 31st!

UCR Graduate School of Education is now accepting applications for its 2019 Special Education Scholars Service Program!

UCR Special Education Scholars receive:

  • $5,000 Scholarship
  • $20,000 Service Award** to be used towards tuition and fees
  • Guaranteed interview with school districts in San Bernardino County and/or Riverside County after earning the M.Ed. with Special Education teaching credential


  • Must be admitted into the Master’s in Education in Special Education program
  • If selected as a scholar, must be hired and commit to teaching in Riverside County (5 service awards available) or San Bernardino County (10 service awards available) for 4 years after earning the Master's degree in Special Education and Education Specialist Credential

Application Deadline:
Final deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.

How to Apply:

Complete Master’s in Special Education application

On the application, candidates need to indicate that they would like to be considered for the “UCR Special Education Scholars Program.” Candidates will also need to indicate in which county they would like to fulfill their service in (Riverside or San Bernardino,) or if they would be open to working in a school district in either county. Since there are a limited number of awards available in each county, GSOE cannot guarantee that awardees will be able to teach in the county of their first choice.

After reviewing the applications, qualified candidates will be invited to interview with Special Education Scholars Program selection committee (priority candidates will interview in February, all others will interview in April). The committee will determine the recipients of the awards, and in which counties the students will be placed to fulfill their teaching service.

**In order for the $20,000 Service Award to be granted, scholars must successfully complete the credential and M.Ed. program; must be hired by a school district in San Bernardino/Riverside County; must work for 4 years as a special education teacher in a public school in selected county. If these requirements are not met, service award converts into a loan that must be repaid. All scholars will be required to attend a mandatory info session with UCR’s scholarship coordinator, Frances Valdovinos.

Questions? Contact Frances Valdovinos: