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Early Childhood Education

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Degree Requirements > MA: Initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years)

MA: Initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years)

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.