Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education

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Graduate students Ashley Miller and Erika Paz engage in some interactive play.

Graduate student Casey Weston explains why she chose Radford University.

Choose one of three tracks in pursuit of your goals. 

  1. B.S. degree without a teaching license
  2. B.S. degree with a teaching license (Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities)
  3. B.S. degree with a teaching license (Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities) to move on to a fifth year M.S. degree with an additional license (PreK-3rd grade)

Graduates are qualified for a variety of careers

If the B.S. non-licensure track is chosen, some career options include:

  • Working with Head Start
  • Being employed in a child care program, either as a teacher or administrator
  • Working as an early intervention assistant

With the Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities license, the following careers are available:

  • Providing developmental services or service coordination for children birth to three with disabilities
  • Teaching children in an early childhood special education class

If a student moves on to the fifth year, these careers are added:

  • Virginia Preschool Initiative Teacher
  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade teacher 

Progress sheets for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Preparation Program can be found on the College's Center for Academic Advising and Student Support page. Select the academic year and then choose Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education program.

MEET THE PROFESSORS

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Dr. Sharon Gilbert

Professor
Contact for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
Early Intervention Specialist
Phone: 540-831-7117
Email: sgilbert13@radford.edu

I love feeling like I make a difference in my students' lives and helping them to make a difference in their students' lives.

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Dr. Whitney Idol

Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Special Education/Special Education
Office: Peters Hall A044
Phone: 540-831-7650
Email: widol@radford.edu

Passion is contagious and has the power to start great things for the greater good.

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Dr. Boyoung Park

Professor
Early Childhood
Head Start and Child Care Specialist
Office: Peters Hall C161
Phone: 540-831-7118
Email: bpark3@radford.edu

Problem solving is a life time skill that you must develop.