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Special Education, Early Childhood

The graduate certificate in Special Education, Early Childhood, is designed to provide specific background, education and tools to students to address the needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.

The program will educate students about the characteristics and needs of young children with both typical development and those who are at-risk or have disabling conditions such as autism or cerebral palsy. Students will develop knowledge and skills in assessment of children with learning disabilities. Graduates will be prepared to teach and support young children with disabilities who are enrolled in preschool settings. This certificate program is for individuals who already have a special education license or are working under a provisional license.   

Required Courses

  • EDSP 602 - Speech-Language Disorders & Development: Birth to Five Years (3 credits)
  • EDSP 639 - Medical Aspects of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDSP 648 - Family-centered Intervention and Program Management in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDSP 686 - Instructional Programming to Teach Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities (3 credits)