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Dr. Frances M. Ihle

About Project THRIVE (Targeting Healthy Resiliency in Vested Educators)

The College of Saint Rose is proud to have received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Project THRIVE (Targeting Healthy Resiliency in Vested Educators), which will develop teachers and school psychologists who are highly skilled at working with school-age children with disabilities by viewing their needs through the lens of cultural diversity and mental health.

Hear from Project THRIVE students about their experiences in the program and how the grant has helped them pursue their goals.

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Project THRIVE will work with – and fund the majority of tuition for – 26 master’s degree students in special education or school psychology and provide those students with the latest techniques and information for helping school-age children with high-intensity needs and their families.

THRIVE Scholars could include recent bachelor’s degree graduates, certified teachers seeking to add special education certification, and change-of-career individuals.

Note: Project THRIVE encourages the enrollment of special education and school psychology scholars from underrepresented groups, including scholars who are ELLs and/or identify as having a disability. The College proactively recruits candidates from a broad spectrum of diversity, including but not limited to: geography, race, gender, religion, sexuality, and socio-economic status. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is designed to provide support and accommodations for all candidates with disabilities.

How it Works

Project-funded scholars, depending on their major, will complete a two- or three-year master’s degree program that emphasizes a culturally responsive, family-centered philosophy with recommended practices for school-age children with disabilities as core content.

Field experiences will occur in urban, suburban, and rural high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) in the economically challenged communities within the Greater Capital Region of New York. School psychology candidates have the option of doing their internships out-of-state. Team-based practice and professional networking will be frequent through remote and face-to-face opportunities.

Earn certifications

Graduating special education scholars can earn a variety of special education teacher certifications.

School psychology students can earn a SEA credential, and will earn their master’s degree and certificate of advanced study.

Note: Many salary schedules pay more for candidates with a terminal master’s degree plus additional credit hours.

Competencies are in six areas:

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Mental health
  • Social emotional learning
  • Problem-solving models
  • Multi-systemic supports
  • Executive function

Additional Program Details

The second cohort launches in Fall 2022.

Among the topics included in the program are assisting English language learners (ELLs) who have faced trauma related to immigration, acculturation, linguistic barriers, and discrimination; individuals with disabilities; and students with mental health needs.

Applying to become a Project THRIVE Scholar

Qualified Project THRIVE applicants include those who:

  • Come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including scholars who are ELLs and/or identify as having a disability
  • Have attained a bachelor’s degree in psychology, teacher education, communication sciences and disorders, or social work
  • Have maintained a 3.3 GPA and have an interest in working in, or knowledge of, the mental health field
  • Meet the admissions criteria for graduate students at Saint Rose
  • Are willing to be interviewed following a review of written application materials


The deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 cohort is February 15, 2022. Interviews begin sometime in March 2022.


Please follow the application instructions and program requirements for your specific program.

View The program requirements

In addition to your statement of purpose, please submit a supplemental essay that addresses your interest in the Project THRIVE grant in the context of your degree and your career plans. This essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

Please include your name on each page and your original signature at the end of the document. A saved PDF version should be emailed to and include Project THRIVE grant in the subject line.

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Saint Rose Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Train Educators to Address Issues of Diversity, Mental Health, Among Special Education Students

The College of Saint Rose has received a $1.1 million federal grant for its Thelma P. Lally School of Education to develop teachers and school psychologists who are highly skilled at working with school-age children with disabilities.


Contact Information

Assistant professor of school psychology

Associate professor of special education

Project THRIVE grant coordinator,

These contents were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H325K190072. However, they do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Sarah Allen.