Early Childhood Special Education

Master’s Program

Department of Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education is closed and not accepting applications for the master’s programs for fall 2023.

The Department of Special Education offers an Early Childhood Special Education Masters (M.Ed) with tailored content and placements working with children birth through age 8 using evidence-based practices. 

Course content focuses on teaching young children with autism and developmental disabilities in natural environments. Coursework is approved for obtaining BCBA certification. Students receive high-level training and practicum experiences that integrate the use of evidence-based practices such as Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions from leading scholars in the field. 

Featuring small class sizes, the full program is designed to be completed in the course of one year of full-time enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

The ECSE degree plan requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework.

Program Details

Semester Start: Fall

Deadline to Apply:
Priority: December 1
Rolling Admissions

GRE Required? No

Location: On Campus

Length of Program: 12 months, 36 hours


  • Overview of Early Childhood Special Education
  • Instruction and Intervention in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Theoretical Framework in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Practicum in Ethics


  • Communication Intervention
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Families in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Practicum


  • Single Subject Design
  • Professional Development in ABA
  • Introduction to Special Education (focus on high incidence populations)
  • Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
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Assistant Professor of Practice

Engages in training and supervision of clinicians to support individuals with challenging behavior and difficulty transitioning between activities, particularly for students with autism spectrum disorders.

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Assistant Professor

Studies how to optimize early interventions for young children with challenging behavior and communication delays including those with autism.

Photo of faculty member Mark F O'Reilly
Department Chair

Assesses and supports individuals with intellectual disabilities and develops social skill/communication interventions for children with ASD.

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Area Co-coordinator
Lauren Hampton

Laura Estep

Area Co-coordinator
Laura Rojeski

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