The Department of Special Education offers master’s (M.Ed., M.Ed. with Report, M.A.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). This concentration prepares students to be leading scholars through intensive mentoring from ECSE faculty, core content in ECSE and early language development, and rigorous training in research methods. Our training focuses on service delivery, specifically for children birth-to-age-eight and their families, and understanding culturally diverse populations.
The master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education has a course sequence that is Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved. The program prepares individuals to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and practitioners of evidence-based practices for young developing children with disabilities.
The Ph.D. program combines coursework and an intensive research component. Doctoral students will assist with ongoing neuroimaging research of language development in children with developmental disabilities. Competitive funding packages are available for highly qualified applicants.