Why is the UAH RISE Program Unique? Inclusiveness The UAH RISE Program Classes strive to maintain a 50:50 ratio of children with and without special needs, creating the optimum learning culture for all young children, although the ratio may deviate somewhat from 50:50 depending on the applicant pool. The success of this ratio is well documented and RISE School Classrooms are considered "high quality" learning environments for all young children. Personnel The teachers in the RISE Program Classes hold a valid teaching certificate from the state of Alabama in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education. Each teacher is considered “highly qualified” and either holds or is working towards a Masters Degree. Teacher Assistants have training in Child Development and/or Early Childhood Education. Several Teacher Assistants have Bachelors Degrees. This program contracts for pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Teacher/Child Ratio The classrooms maintain a low teacher-child ratio. This is done to ensure that as many learning opportunities as possible are provided. We maintain recommended guidelines provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Integrated Therapy The UAH RISE Program Classes offer occupational, physical, and speech therapies using an integrated service-delivery model. Therapies are provided in the classroom and are embedded into the daily routine to promote the practice of skills throughout the day. Therapists confer with parents and the teacher to discuss recommendations and make referrals for additional therapy services as appropriate. The UAH Early Learning Center welcomes therapists from Early Intervention into our classrooms.