Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education


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

Graduate student Casey Weston explains why she chose Radford University.


  • Graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities license
    • Provide developmental services or service coordination for children birth to three or teach children in an early childhood special education class, Head Start or a child care program.
  • Continue for a fifth year to earn a Master of Science degree in Education and a PreK to 3rd grade license
    • Teach children in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade.

Obtain endorsement in early childhood special education licensure (birth through age 5) with your bachelor's degree. Go on for a 5th year master's degree to earn the Prek-3rd grade teaching licensure.

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 (preK-3)/Early Childhood Special Education (birth-age 5) five-year program.


Competencies in the IDEC Program include the following areas:

  • Child Development
  • Infant & Toddler Focus
  • Young Children with Special Needs
  • Preschoolers and Primary Grade Children
  • Environmental Settings
  • Special Medical and Health Needs
  • Individual Child and Family Plans
  • Relationships with Diverse Families
  • Guidance and Behavior Management
  • Assessment and Documentation of Progress
  • Instruction and Adaptations
  • Urban and Rural Settings
  • Collaboration with Professionals
  • Mentor Paraprofessionals and Volunteers
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Models in ECE and ECSE

Required Test Scores

Students who only want the Virginia early childhood special education licensure (birth through age 5) should take and pass the Praxis Core Math and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Those who will continue their education for the 5th year master's degree and eligiblity for the Virginia Prek-3rd grade teaching licensure should pass those same tests and the Praxis II Elementary Education (all sections) and the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessments.

Note: You should have passing scores on each of these tests turned in to Radford University’s Teacher Education Field Experience Office in early spring of your junior year. 


The early childhood/early childhood special education program is accredited by the following organizations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges (SACS)



Dr. Sharon Gilbert

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.


Dr. Whitney Idol

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


Dr. Boyoung Park

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

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