One component that applicants to ECHOSEE should understand are the requirement for service obligations. ECHOSEE is funded through a federal personnel development grant, which are designed to increase the supply of qualified special education personnel in variety of fields nationwide. Therefore, as part of receiving funding, Institutions of Higher Education ensure that all scholars who receive funding through their grants agree to work in the field of special education or related service in which they receive training. Scholars must agree to work in the field for two years for each year of funding they receive.
ECHOSEE will be utilizing the Personnel Development Program Data Collection System for all our scholars to track service obligation requirements. Please be aware prior to applying to ECHOSEE that if you do not complete your service obligation requirements, you may be required to repay any or all funds you received from the grant.