The Department of Special Education offers master’s (M.Ed., 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 the use of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions for supporting young children with autism and developmental disabilities and their families.
The master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education has a course sequence that can be completed in 12 months and 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 children with disabilities developing in natural environments. View the BCBA Exam Pass Rates for Verified Programs.
The Ph.D. program combines coursework and an intensive research component. Doctoral students have the opportunity to assist with ongoing neuroimaging research of language development in children with developmental disabilities, and ongoing intervention research with families of young children with social communication delays. Competitive funding packages are available for highly qualified applicants.