Early Childhood Education: Special Needs - Master of Education
The Department of Education offers the master of education degree in early childhood education: special needs. Certification as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (Birth-8yr) is available (see Teacher Certification Option). Starting Fall 2017, a Dual Certification (in both Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education) option is also available for Master’s degree candidates who meet course requirements for both certifications.
This program is an advanced course of study designed for teachers, administrators, and other early childhood practitioners who wish to improve their professional competence and broaden their career opportunities. The program emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and competencies in child development (birth through eight years), learning environments, developmentally appropriate curriculum, developmental and cultural diversity, and professional leadership. The coursework culminates in extensive field-based experience.
42 credits hours required. Required courses are offered once each academic year. They are very rarely offered during summer sessions.
Core Courses (16 credit hours)
|EDUC||941||Diversity and Child Development||4|
|EDUC||942||Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning||4|
|EDUC||861||Inclusive Curriculum for Young Children||4|
|EDUC||948||Leadership and Advocacy for Early Childhood Education||4|
Special Needs Core Courses (12 credit hours)
|EDUC||860||Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs||4|
|EDUC||856||Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities||4|
|EDUC||862||Curriculum for Young Children with Special Needs: Evaluation & Program Design||4|
A Two Semester Internship (6 credit hours)
|EDUC||900B (fall)||Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDUC||901B (spring)||Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Education||3|
Electives (8 credit hours)
Students will elect a minimum of eight additional credits in consultation with their academic advisor. In special circumstances, students with prior advanced course work may request the required courses be waived and other electives substituted.
Concluding Experiences: Comprehensive Examinations or Research Thesis
Students may elect to take the comprehensive written and oral examination or write a research thesis to fulfill the concluding experience requirement. Guidelines for the comprehensive examination and the research thesis are available from program faculty. Those electing the thesis option may count thesis credit hours to fulfill elective requirements.
By the end of the graduate program in Early Childhood, students should be able to provide evidence of their professional development in a variety of ways. Regardless of whether students elect the research thesis option or the written comprehensive examination, additional means for demonstrating professional knowledge and competencies will be provided through the presentation of a graduate portfolio.
The purpose of the graduate portfolio is to provide a flexible and highly individualized opportunity for each student to demonstrate her/his evolving understanding and mastery of the discipline of early childhood education as well as the ability to carry out multiple roles as teacher, leader, and advocate.