The Master of Special Education with emphasis in early childhood special education is designed for you if you are an educator possessing or seeking a license in special education. The degree is also for those who may not plan to teach in a public school setting, but are interested in working in an early intervention or an early care and education community setting. This is not a licensure program and does not lead to licensure in either early childhood or special education, but will advance your knowledge and skills if you are interested in working with infants, toddlers, young children and their families.

Program Highlights

  • Available 100% online
  • Thesis and non-thesis option
  • Special education licensure may be pursued concurrently
  • Affordable tuition

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Affordable & Quality Master's in Special Education

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate. Eligible students may apply for the TEACH grant and Graduate Assistantships are also available through application to the ENMU Graduate School.

Graduate Tuition and Fees Financial Assistance for Graduates

Career Opportunites with a Master of Special Education

With a master’s degree in early childhood special education, you can pursue a career in:

  • Early intervention (Part C - Birth to 3)
  • Community care and education programs
  • Early Head Start/Head Start
  • Community Pre-K programs; or with a license – school-based Pre-K programs
  • Inclusive preschools and Grades K-3 (with license in ECE, ELED or SPED)
  • Consulting for Training and Technical Assistance Programs (statewide TTAPs), FOCUS programs, etc.

Admission Requirements for Education Graduate Program

If you fail to satisfy all of the following requirements for admission within your first 12 hours of graduate study at ENMU, you will be reclassified as a non-degree seeking student and will not be allowed to register for further graduate coursework until all requirements for admission are fulfilled:

  1. Admission to the Graduate School.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00. If your grade point averages between 2.80 and 2.99, you will be considered for “conditional” admission; if accepted, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade less than a “B” during your first semester or the first 9 hours.
  3. A letter of application to the Educational Studies graduate coordinator. The letter should specify the intended area of emphasis and how an advanced degree in education would advance your career.
  4. A photocopy of your teaching license or confirmation of admission into the regular or alternate licensure program.

Graduate School Admission Procedures

Degree Options for Master's in Early Childhood Special Education Program

This degree may be obtained with or without a thesis.

Thesis option: You must complete 12 hours Special Education Core Requirements, 18 hours of emphasis area coursework and 6 hours of Master's Thesis.

Non-thesis option: You must complete 12 hours of Special Education Core Requirements, 18 hours of emphasis area coursework, 6 hours of electives and comprehensive exams.

Master of Special Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education (36 hours, Thesis option)

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog.

Special Education Core Requirements (12 hours)

CourseCredits
EDF 500 Educational Research 3
EDF 515 Theories of Learning and Motivation 3
EDF 530 Assessment 3
SPED 503 Special Education Law 3

Required Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis Courses (18 hours)

CourseCredits
SPED 508 Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education 3
SPED 512 Language and Learning 3
SPED 515 Positive Supports for Learning 3
SPED 523 Assessment and Programming for Early Childhood Special Education 3
SPED 525 Early Childhood Special Education Program Evaluation 3
SPED 543 Communication and Collaboration Methods 3

Thesis Requirement (6 hours)

CourseCredits
SPED 599 Master's Thesis 6

Master of Special Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education (36 hours, Non-thesis option)

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog.

Special Education Core Requirements (12 hours)

CourseCredits
EDF 500 Educational Research 3
EDF 515 Theories of Learning and Motivation 3
EDF 530 Assessment 3
SPED 503 Special Education Law 3

Required Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis Courses (18 hours)

CourseCredits
SPED 508 Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education 3
SPED 512 Language and Learning 3
SPED 515 Positive Supports for Learning 3
SPED 523 Assessment and Programming for Early Childhood Special Education 3
SPED 525 Early Childhood Special Education Program Evaluation 3
SPED 543 Communication and Collaboration Methods 3

Required Elective Courses (6 hours)

You must complete 6 hours of electives selected with adviser approval.

Educational Studies Comprehensive Exams

Must be completed in accordance with the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog (see Graduate Examinations)

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If you are interested in pursuing a master’s in early childhood special education please submit an application or contact us for more information.

Graduate School Application

All required admission materials should be sent directly to the Educational Studies Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Rebecca Davis
Associate Professor of Special Education, ES and HPE Graduate Coordinator
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