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. It 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

  • Online degree
  • Non-thesis or thesis option
  • Special education licensure may be pursued concurrently
  • Affordable tuition

Early Childhood Special Education (36 hours)

Core Requirements (18 hours)

EDF 500 Educational Research 3
EDF 515 Theories of Learning and Motivation 3
EDF 530 Assessment 3
SPED 503 Special Education Law 3
Elective Courses 6

Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis Area (18 hours)

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 ECSE 3
SPED 525 ECSE Program Evaluation 3
SPED 543 Communication and Collaboration Methods 3

Career Pathways

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

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

ENMU is committed to helping you finance your education. You may have the opportunity to apply for available graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships. For more information contact:

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