Early Childhood Special Education

Purpose

The two Graduate Special Education programs are designed to prepare students with a baccalaureate degree in education for a license in Cross-Categorical (CCSE-middle childhood to adolescence) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE- birth to age 8). Both programs are designed to meet state standards and requirements as well as the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. As of this printing the federal government has designated Special Education as an area of “teacher shortage.” This means that at completion of the graduate studies, teachers often qualify for loan reduction or loan cancellation depending on the type of loan they have received and the location of their teaching position. The student may opt to earn licensure only, or may earn the of Master of Science in Education degree with a focus in Special Education by also completing the research component. The Graduate Special Education Programs are fully online.  The 800/900 level courses are online courses. Prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Special Education Programs is successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. The CCSE and ECSE licenses are add-on licenses so the student must hold a current teaching license if seeking licensure. Prerequisite for the Master of Science in Education degree only, with no licensure, is successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Early Childhood Special Education (License #1809)

These are the courses required for the student entering the program with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.

EDG 515/815Educ Research Methods3
EDG 595/895Graduate Capstone Project3
or EDG 590/890 Thesis Completion Seminar
EDG 731/931Eval Tech/Erly Child Spec Educ3
EDG 732/938Cur & Prog Erly Chld Sp Ed 0-83
EDG 733/930Lang Acq&Lit Sp Ed 0-3/PK/Prim3
EDG 735/935Char & Legal Issues in SPED3
EDG 742/942Consul,Collabor and Teaming3
EDG 744/944EC Sp Ed:Studnt Tchng/Sem1
EDG 627/996Portfolio I0
EDG 628/997Portfolio II0
EDG 629/998Portfolio III0
Electives
Select eight credits8
Total Hours30

Total credits for Master's degree and early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license: minimum of 30 Crs.

In addition to the courses above (minus elective course), the following courses are required for students entering the program without a minor in Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.

EDG 742/919Consul,Collabor and Teaming3
EDG 784/984Ed/Behv Manag in Spec Ed3
EDG 787/987Intervent Strateg in Spec Educ3
EDG 737/937Lf Span & Dev Chld/Excep Needs3
Total Hours12

Total credits for a Master's degree and Early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering without a Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license license: minimum of 34 Crs.

NOTE: Cross Categorical and Early Childhood Special Education licensure coursework without a Master's degree is available.

Electives in Special Education

EDG 562/8623
EDG 768/968Sign Lang for Spec Educator3
EDG 769/969Strat Integ Autism Spec Dis3
EDG 637/945Strat Ed At-Risk Youth3
EDG 740/940Assist Tech Indiv/Spec Needs3
EDG 723/946Coll w Fam & Pro Div Soc3
EDG 781/936Lan/Comm Disorders3