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Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degrees > M.A. Early Childhood Education/Special Education-Initial Certification

M.A. Early Childhood Education/Special Education-Initial Certification

Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years):

Core Courses

  • C&T 4080               Risk and resilience in early development (2)
  • C&T 4112               Integrated curriculum in early childhood (6)
  • C&T 4302               Supervised practicum in the educational assessment of young children with exceptionalities (3)
  • C&T 4308               Field experiences in early childhood/early-childhood special education (2)
  • C&T 4708               Student teaching- infancy and early childhood (two terms) (6)
  • C&T 5118               Infant and toddler development and practice (3)

Methods Courses

  • A&HM 4022           The artistic lives of young children (2)
  • C&T 4131               Language and literacy in the early childhood curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4132               Learning and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (or equivalent) (3)
  • HBSS 4116             Health education for teachers (1)
  • HUDK 4027            Development of mathematical thinking (3)

Foundation Courses

  • HBSE 4001    Teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms (2)
  • C&T 4083      Working with families of young children with disabilities (3); OR
  • C&T 4119      Issues and interdisciplinary methods for working with parents of young children (3); OR
  • C&T 4615      Young children, families, and social policy (3)
  • Out of Dept.  Special education elective (2);  OR
  • C&T 4308      In lieu of elective, students can opt to take C&T 4308 - Introduction to diverse Childhood Classrooms (2)

Culminating Project:

Students complete an integrated portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.