The purpose of the Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP) Scholarship is to increase the capacity of preschool educators to support the needs of children with disability; up to 20 post-graduate scholarships will be offered each year. The scholarships are funded by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Education.
Applicants can elect to study either full-time or part-time. Scholarships will be for a maximum of $20,000, depending on the fees and requirements of each course. Priority will be given to applicants located in regional and remote NSW.
Preschool teachers are eligible to apply if they:
- Have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or an equivalent qualification that would enable them to enrol in post-graduate studies.
- Are currently working in a NSW community preschool.
To satisfy the conditions of award, applicants must:
- Enrol in an approved post-graduate Special Education course.
- Commit to working in a NSW community preschool for a minimum of 12 months (full time equivalent) within 3 years of completing their course.
Eligible preschool teachers must submit applications between 10th October and 4th November 2016. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 16th December 2016. Applicants are responsible for enrolling in their chosen course, and providing Department of Education with proof of enrolment. This is a reimbursement scholarship meaning that the successful scholarship recipient is to pay course fees directly to the University each semester. After providing a tax invoice from the University the scholar will then be reimbursed the course fees.
What happens if you don’t successfully complete a subject or unit of study?
You cannot apply for funding a second time for a subject or unit of study that you don’t satisfactorily complete. This means that you will have to pay the fee for any subject that you have to repeat. Where a scholar is failing the semester units and requests withdrawal from the program, Northcott requires an official letter from the relevant University containing advice of the student’s withdrawal from the course. Scholarship recipients withdrawing from the program will be liable for the reimbursement of any fees received to the student by the Department of Education.
Withdrawal from Scholarship Program
In the event of a scholar withdrawing from the program, the PDSO responsible for scholarships will discuss options with the recipient to support continued study. Official withdrawal from the program must be provided by the recipient in writing to Northcott. Scholarship recipients withdrawing from the program will be liable for the reimbursement of any fees received to the student by the Department of Education.
Telephone Number: (02) 6921 1996
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