Project Reaching More
The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was awarded a five-year grant in the amount of $1,077,765 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services to carry out Project Reaching More: Increasing Highly Qualified Occupational Therapists to Serve Children, Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.
During the five-year period from 2013-2017, Project Reaching More will:
- Recruit, retain and graduate 32 qualified Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) scholars to serve infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and their families
- Increase the knowledge and skills of the MOT scholars through enhanced evidence-based curriculum, clinical and project assignments to address the needs of infants, toddlers and childring with disabilities and their families
- Develop effective clinical sites in school and early intervention settings for MOT scholars and future Occupational Therapy (OT) students to ensure highly qualified OTs
- Disseminate and institutionalize project information to enhance OT education to provide highly qualified OTs to serve infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and their families
UT Health Science Center students may apply to become a Project Reaching More scholar during their second year in the MOT program. Eight MOT students may apply to become a Project Reaching More scholars each year for a total of 32 scholars by the end of the project. Selection criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.3, two letters of reference, an interview with Project Reaching More faculty and submission of a written essay.