Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Degree Programs

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.

Fall
  • Overview of Early Childhood Special Education
  • Instruction and Intervention in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Theoretical Framework in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Practicum in Ethics
Spring
  • Communication Intervention
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Families in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Practicum
Summer
  • Single Subject Design
  • Professional Development in ABA
  • Introduction to Special Education (focus on high incidence populations)
  • Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis

Teacher Certification

Students who wish to receive special education teacher certification following their master’s degree in ECSE can apply to our 10-month Postbaccalaureate Special Education Teacher Certification.

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