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Educational Foundations & Special Education

Creating Interdisciplinary Leaders in Northeast Tennessee

Introducing Creating Interdisciplinary Leaders in Northeast Tennessee (CILNT)

The CILNT project trains graduate scholars in special education and speech language pathology (SLP) in an interdisciplinary approach to use Evidence Based Practices for students with high intensity support needs (SwHISN; e.g., multiple disabilities, significant cognitive disabilities, significant physical disabilities, significant autism, significant sensory disabilities) in order to fill major shortages of personnel qualified to serve this population.

CILNT uses a unique model where the selected graduate scholars receive seminars and shared clinical experiences, on top of their program of study, from faculty in diverse fields (nutrition, pediatrics, early childhood, and physical and occupational therapy) who are experts in their discipline on working with SwHISNs. Special education and SLP graduates of the CILNT project become highly trained professionals prepared to implement evidence based practices, using an interdisciplinary team model to best serve students with the most complex needs.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020. Please view the needed materials checklist and FAQs before beginning your application. Applications for the special education track are due May 15, 2020.

For more information about the application process or questions about the program, please contact Dr. Pamela Mims ().

CILNT Application Link

Meet the CILNT Faculty Team:

Dr. Mims 

Dr. Pamela Mims


Special Education

More about Dr. Mims

Dr. Chambers

Dr. Cynthia Chambers


Special Education

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Dr. RoweDr. Dawn Rowe

Key Personnel

Special Education

More about Dr. Rowe

Dr. LouwDr. Brenda Louw

Key Personnel

Speech Language Pathology

More about Dr. Louw

Dr. Boynewicz

Dr. Kara Boynewicz

Physical Therapy

More about Dr. Boynewicz

Dr. Isbell

Dr. Christy Isbell

Occupational Therapy, Milligan College 

More about Dr. Isbell 

Dr. Michelle Johnson

Dr. Michelle Johnson


More about Dr. Johnson

Dr. Kaiser

Dr. Ann Kaiser

Early Childhood Special Education, Vanderbilt University

More about Dr. Kaiser

Dr. Wood

Dr. Wood 


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Interested in applying?

  • Admission is competitive.

  • Must apply to a graduate program in special education or speech-language pathology for fall 2020 to participate in CILNT.

  • Selected students receive tuition reimbursement as well as funds to cover books and travel. In return, the student  commits to working in the field after graduation for a period of two years for every year of funding received by serving students with high intensity support needs.

  • FAQs can be found here.
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