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Early childhood

Thoma, Dr. Colleen
Chair, Department of Special Education and Disability Policy
(804) 827-2651

Admission requirements summary

Special Education, Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Indicate specialization: early childhood

of entry:


Mar 15


The Master of Education in Special Education program with an early childhood track is a sequentially planned series of courses and clinical experiences designed to prepare individuals to work with young children, from birth through age 5, with developmental disabilities and their families. Successful completion of the degree program qualifies students for teacher licensure with endorsement in early childhood special education by the Virginia Department of Education. Students are prepared to intervene with infants and young children representing a wide range of abilities, including those at risk for developmental delays and those at risk for severe disabilities. As a result of training, students will be prepared to fill a variety of early intervention roles. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or six semesters of part-time study.

Applicants who do not have a provisional or professional collegiate teaching license in special education must take SEDP 630 Trends in Special Education as a prerequisite course.

Foundations 6
Choose one of the following (3 credits):  
  EDUS 605 Child and Adolescent Development  
  EDUS 607/PSYC 607 Advanced Educational Psychology  
  EDUS 673 Seminar on Educational Issues, Ethics and Policy  
Research (3 credits):  
  EDUS 660 Research Methods in Education  
Special education core 8
  ECSE 500 Language/Communication Intervention for Young Children with Disabilities (3)  
  ECSE 542 Family/Professional Partnerships (2)  
  SEDP 631 Classroom Management and Behavior Support for Students With Disabilities (3)  
Early childhood track 23
  ECSE 541 Infants and Young Children with Special Needs (3)  
  ECSE 601 Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Disabilities (3)  
  ECSE 602 Instructional Programming for Infants and Young Children with Disabilities (3)  
  ECSE 603 Integrated Early Childhood Programs I (2)  
  ECSE 604 Early Literacy and Augmentative Communication (3)  
  ECSE 672 Internship in Early Development and Intervention (2)  
  ECSE 700 Externship (4)  
  SEDP 641 Independent Study (3)  
Electives (optional)
  SEDP 531 Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally Designed Learning (3)  
  SEDP/TEDU 619 Multicultural Perspectives in Education (3)  
Program total (without thesis) 37
  TEDU 798 (6)  
Program total (with thesis) 43



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