In addition, a project was added to the internship semester requiring students to apply the Five-Step Learning Cycle (Buysee, Winton, Rous Epstein and Lim, 2012), a knowledge utilization strategy for addressing a challenge in the classroom. The content of five courses in the UEC program was revised to include information relative to the preparation of students to work in high-need communities. Following completion of the program, the transfer of learning into practice was facilitated during the first year of teaching for each cohort through a combination of mentoring and peer group support across the year. During five years of funding, Project Prepare recruited and supported 59 students during their master’s degree. All students who were funded through the project successfully completed the program and obtained teaching licensure in early childhood education and early childhood special education. Project Prepare ended on January 1, 2021.