Are you interested in working with students with disabilities and mental health needs?

Project I-CREST is a federally funded project that provides tuition support and stipends for scholars who are interested in working with students with disabilities during the critical time in which they are looking for postsecondary opportunities in work and education. I-CREST incorporates evidence-based practices in counseling and special education with expert seminars and practical experience opportunities to increase the number of highly qualified rehabilitation counselors and special educators who are able to support students in achieving their goals.

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education

Years: 10/1/2023 - 9/30/2028

Funded Amount: $845,762

Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Counselors are the only counseling specialty area specifically prepared to provide evidence-based services to people with disabilities, including mental health disorders. Rehabilitation Counseling services focus on supporting students in achieving goals relating to postsecondary education, competitive employment, and independent living.

Special Education
Special Educators focus on facilitating the learning of students with disabilities. Using a framework of collaboration, special educators provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to obtain their educational goals, ultimately leading to improved postsecondary opportunities.

I-CREST scholars will be able to work as leading counselors or teachers in settings working with students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse groups, with a specialized focus on supporting outcomes during transition years (14 to 21).

I-CREST is accepting applications for cohorts of 6 scholars interested in supporting transition-age students with disabilities.

Student Supports

  • Fall and Spring tuition coverage
  • $1450 stipend per semester
  • UIowa Student Health Insurance
  • Access to national experts in transition and working with students with disabilities
  • Opportunities for firsthand experience working with students

Application Requirements

The following criteria are necessary to be considered for ICREST:

  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • A successful interview with program faculty

Students interested in applying to be an I-CREST scholar should reach out to Allison Levine ( for rehabilitation counseling inquiries or Seth King ( for special education inquiries.


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Education faculty awarded grant to improve disability services for Iowa students

Thursday, October 12, 2023
Three UI College of Education faculty were recently awarded a five-year, $800,000 grant that will fund the Interdisciplinary Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Special Education Service Training project, a collaboration between faculty in the college’s Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education programs.