Early Childhood Special Education

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 686: Instructional Programming to Teach Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities
  • EDSP 648: Family-centered Intervention and Program Management in Early Childhood Special Education
  • EDSP 637: Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention
  • EDSP 602: Speech-Language Disorders & Development: Birth to Five Years 
  • EDSP 639: Medical Aspects of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities
  • EDSP, EDRD, or EDET elective 

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.

 

3- and 4-year-old Add-on Endorsement

Radford University is pleased to announce that we are now offering classes needed for the 3- and 4-year-old Add-On Endorsement to an elementary, PreK-3, Pre-6, or early childhood special education license. It consists of a 3 course (12 credits) sequence, plus a 45 hour practicum, which can be completed in your workplace. The courses are offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

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Apply

Apply to Radford University (RU) School of Graduate Studies as a non-degree seeking graduate student, or for a MS degree in Special Education with a concentration in ECSE by no later than one month prior to the start of the semester (see university academic calendar for start dates). If you are currently teaching preschool-aged children with disabilities and do not have the ECSE endorsement, and qualify, complete the consortium application and send an email to the Dr. Sharon L. Gilbert

Participation Requirements

  • Admittance to Radford University.
  • Meet criteria for admission to consortium.
  • Access to internet/computer capacity for online coursework.

Courses

Offering al courses required for Virginia endorsement in ECSE.

CLASSES typically OFFERED FALL SEMESTER

  • Medical Aspects (asynchronous online) -  EDSP 639: Medical Aspects of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities
  • Family-Centered Intervention (asynchronous online) - EDSP 648: Program Management in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Behavior Management (asynchronous online) - EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support

CLASSES typically OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER

  • Assessment Techniques for Young Children With Disabiling and At-Risk Conditions (asynchronous online) - EDSP 637: Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention
  • Curriculum and Instructional Programming in ECSE (asynchronous online) - EDSP 686: Instructional Programming to Teach Preschoolers with Disabilities
  • Behavior Management (asynchronous online) - EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support

CLASSES typically OFFERED SUMMER SEMESTER 

  • Speech/Language Development and Intervention (asynchronous online) - EDSP 602: Speech-Language Disorders & Development: Birth to Five Years 

CLASSES OFFERED TYPICALLY EACH SEMESTER (Online)

  • Child Growth and Development (Online) - EDEF 600: Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence 
  • Foundations of Education (Online) - EDEF 607: Foundations of Education
  • Consultation (Online) - EDSP 622: Collaboration to Teach and Support Diverse Learners
  • Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education (Online) - EDSP 651: Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Process