Three San Benito CISD educators earn scholarship towards master’s degree

Three teachers from San Benito CISD received an all expense, tuition-paid scholarship towards earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Early Childhood Special Education through the district’s partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services) scholarship program.

After going through a four-hour interview process, only 21 professionals from across the Valley were selected to participate. The Border SPICES grant covers items such as tuition and fees associated with a 42-credit hour courses required for an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, books associated with the courses, two years of parking permits, reimbursement for state teacher certification exam fees, and a tablet.

“We are very excited and ready to start our graduate journey together on July 13,” said Melissa Rodriguez, a teacher at La Paloma Elementary. “We will be great assets for our students, parents, district and community!”

SPICES school district partners besides San Benito CISD include Brownsville ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, and Point Isabel ISD. The objectives of the program are to recruit and support highly qualified bilingual scholars for professional careers in early childhood special education.

The program offers coursework that is field-experience embedded and evidence-based in special education and early childhood with a focus on culturally and linguistically diverse children. Participants will develop relationships among scholars, community members and organizations and families to build a community of practice.