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LIVES Program Graduate Assistantship Application

Learning Independence, Vocational, and Educational Skills Program

The LIVES Program at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo offers Graduate Assistantships to highly qualified and motivated candidates who are enrolled in one of its Master’s-degree programs.  The details of the assistantships follow.

  1. Applicants must be eligible for or accepted for admission to one of the Master's-level programs at SUNY Geneseo. The SUNY Geneseo website should be consulted for graduate admission requirements.
  2. Assistantships require full-time study (9 credit hours per semester) at the Master's-degree level.The assistantships are for one academic year, typically beginning in mid-August & ending in May. The recipient receives a tuition waiver for the academic year (that is, Fall & Spring semesters only) and a stipend. Compensation for tuition and fees for candidates eligible for TAP will be adjusted for any such tuition assistance award. For more information, please see
  3. The assistantship requires candidates to work approximately twenty (20) hours per week. The work assignment is as a Co-Teacher for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities ages 21 and older in a classroom setting.
  4. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Leigh O'Brien, School of Education: (585) 245-5396 or
  5. Preference will be to those with teaching experience in special education and/or adolescence education.
  6. Applications will be accepted until April 1st or until the positions are filled.
  7. Decisions will be made by May 15.

All application inquiries should be sent to:

LIVES Graduate Assistantship
c/o Dr. Leigh O'Brien (
Ella Cline Shear School of Education
222-D South Hall
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Applications MUST include:

  1. Application information (see below)
  2. Placement file or current résumé
  3. Official transcript/s (except if a SUNY Geneseo undergraduate student)
  4. Essay describing your strengths as a teacher (highlighting student teaching experiences), what you hope to gain from this Graduate Assistantship, and what you would bring to the program

Applicant Information

Please provide the following information on a separate sheet.  Application information must be typed or computer generated.

  1. Full name
  2. Permanent address and phone number
  3. Local address and phone number
  4. Date of birth
  5. Program of Study to which you are applying or have been accepted
  6. Status of Graduate Application
  7. Undergraduate Institution/s & Degree
  8. Undergraduate GPA (major and overall)
  9. Certification/s held
  10. Student Teaching Placements (district/s, grade levels)
  11. Academic honors, prizes, scholarships, and/or awards you have received during your college career
  12. Professional goals