Early Childhood Special Education: Birth-Age 5

This option prepares graduates to work with and advocate for infants and young children with developmental delays and disabilities birth to five and their families in a variety of early intervention, home, and school settings.

Required Program Courses (18 credit hours)

  • EDSP 536. Teaching Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities. 3
  • EDSP 538. Program Management in Early Childhood Special Education. 3
  • EDSP/PSYC 638. Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention. 3
  • EDSP 602. Language Disorders: Birth to Five Years. 3
  • EDSP 677. Medical Aspects of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities. 3
  • EDSP, EDRD, or EDET 600-level elective 3

To obtain Virginia Department of Education licensure in early childhood special education, birth to five, an additional 6-12 semester hours of internship experiences are required:

  • EDSP 740 - Teaching Internship in Early Childhood Special Education: Home- and community- based Services. (3-6 hours; repeatable up to 6 hours)
  • EDSP 741 - Teaching Internship in Early Childhood Special Education: School-based Services
    (3-6 hours; repeatable up to 6 hours)
    *Six semester hour minimum in at least two settings, one of which may be a current place of employment.

The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Training in Early Childhood Special Education is a partnership among Radford University, Lynchburg College, and the Virginia Department of Education. This consortium provides courses and funding to ECSE teachers with provisional license and others seeking ECSE endorsement.