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Project ACCESS

Financial and academic support for scholars from underserved backgrounds pursuing a career in special education

Mission and Vision

We embrace a culture of diversity, internationalization and inclusion in the field of education.

Through democratizing access to success for all students to earn their teaching credential and Master's degree in Special Eduation, Project ACCESS is designed to increase teachers of color and diversity to serve children with disabilities who have high intensity needs in California.

Become a Scholar

Project ACCESS Scholars are undergraduate and graduate students working towards an Education Specialist (ES) Credential and Master’s Degree in Special Education. For the 2024-25 academic school year, Project ACCESS is proud to serve 16 scholars at Fresno State. To apply, follow the steps below:

Now accepting interest forms until the cohort is filled. Juniors in fall 2024 or individuals with a teaching credential seeking to add an ES Credential are eligible for funding through Project ACCESS.


Contact the Program

Project ACCESS is housed in the Special Education Program within the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Kristina Rios
Director, Project ACCESS

Dr. Mike Mahoney
Co-Project Investigator, Project ACCESS
Coordinator, Special Education

Dr. Kimberly Coy
Co-Project Investigator, Project ACCESS

Special Education Faculty
William Garnett

Dana Powell

Advisory Boards

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Chair
University President

Dr. Xuanning Fu, Co-Chair

Dr. Randy Yerrick
Dean, Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Dr. Imelda Basurto
Chair, Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

More information coming soon!

Monthly Zoom meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. open to parents of children with disabilities, high school students with disabilities and interpreters for ASL, Spanish, Hmong and Punjabi to provide input into our Special Education Teacher Preparation Grant.

  • January 30 (Parents only)
  • Next: February 27 (Parents and students): Access link
  • March 19 (Parents only)
  • April 23 (Parents and students)