TCSE may reimburse tests fees as a tool for recruitment of high demand positions like paraprofessionals (ex: Parapro/WorkKeys). ALL TEST FEE reimbursement requests require pre-approval from the director and proof of passing scores prior to disbursement of the pre-approved reimbursement amount. Complete this form  Tuition/Test Fees Reimbursement Request  Form and submit to the Staff Development Coordinator with a copy of passing test scores.  

TCSE contributes a set professional development budget amount toward tuition reimbursement annually. Special Education degrees or certifications in related areas of high demand or need (ex: Psychologist, SLP, VI, ECH) within the organization will have priority and total reimbursement amounts will be negotiated with the director per request. When considering requests, the TCSE Director considers the current needs of the organization and has the final approval to determine approved and reimbursed coursework.  Other requests for coursework/certifications that may be beneficial to the employee or lead to advancement on the salary schedule, but not a high need for the organization (ex: Master’s in Special Ed., Teacher Leader, etc), will be considered at a specified per semester amount depending on the annual budget line. Requests are received on a “first come, first serve” basis, EVERY SEMESTER, until funds are depleted. (see below)
No tuition contract required since coursework from approved university will count toward PD hours for PEL renewal. (8/22/18)
In order to receive 100% tuition reimbursement for degree in high need area (including LBS1 cohort) , the employee agrees to incur a 5-year work agreement with Tri-County Special Education (Tuition Contract). If your request has been approved, the following guidelines will apply. (8/22/18)


  • Coursework must be in special education or related field.
  • The employee must provide transcript grades showing completion of each course with a grade of “B” or higher, or in the case of a non-graded course “satisfactory” or “pass” rating prior to reimbursement/disbursement.
  • Tuition reimbursement for coursework or certification that may be beneficial to the employee or lead to advancement on the salary schedule, but not a high need for the organization will have a per semester total, not to exceed $1000.00 or $3000.00 annually. 
  • Tuition reimbursement will not include any portion of tuition covered by FAFSA or other grants/scholarships.
  • Parapro/WorkKeys test fee reimbursement requires proof of passing scores prior to reimbursement.

REQUIRED FORMS  submitted to the Staff Development Coordinator

REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS In order to obtain the pre-approved reimbursement amount, once the semester/course/test is complete, the employee must forward the required documentation to the Staff Dev. Coord. :

  1.      a) Proof of personal payment or bill/statement if deferred, and
  2.      b) unofficial transcript/report/scores  showing completion & grade
    Upon receipt of required documentation, a payment will be made to the employee (reimbursed) or university (if deferment arranged ) for the pre-approved amount.

 Spring Semester :  Nov 1 *  Summer Semester : March  1 * Fall Semester: May 1.

Please call Laurel Harris (618) 684-2109 or email lharris@tcse.us if you have any questions