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Early Childhood Special Education

The need for teachers who have a foundation in early childhood and special education has expanded over the last decade. The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education / Special Education prepares professionals who value the unique characteristics of children with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities.

The major targets the creation of individual, age, linguistic, physical, social, and culturally appropriate educational environments that support and nurture positive developmental outcomes. ECE/Special Education certification prepares individuals to teach in a variety of Pre-K to eighth grade settings while learning to work cooperatively with families and other professionals.

Graduates prepared with an ECE/Special Education degree know how to plan and implement instruction and demonstrate effective classroom adaptations. Numerous opportunities to practice skills in authentic settings and, observe in various environments are provided.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) Special Education (Pre K-8) B.S. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • First Year Seminar
  • Newsworthy Topics in Biology or Human Health Issues
  • College Algebra or higher
Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • College Writing II: Writing About Literature
  • Cultural Geography
  • College Mathematics or higher
  • Child Development
Second Year
First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Health and Wellness of Young Children
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • American Literature I or II – Writing Intensive
  • Child Development II
  • Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • Science Elective 2000 level
Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Curriculum Program Planning (Ages 3-8)
  • Teaching Literacy through Literature
  • Special Education Processes & Procedures
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Early Intervention and Transitions
Third Year
First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Early Literacy Foundations
  • Developmental Assessment I
  • Integrating the Arts for the Developing Child
  • Electronic Media for Teachers
  • Low Incidence Disabilities: Assess and Instruction
Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Curriculum and Methods: Math
  • Curriculum and Methods: Social Studies
  • Curriculum and Methods: Science
  • Teaching Reading
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Evidence Based Effective Instruction: PDD
 Fourth Year
 First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues & Ethics in Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Family Partnerships, Advocacy, Collaboration and Transitions
  • Learning Disabilities: Identification & Instruction
Second Semester

  • Student Teaching Early Childhood Education PK-K-1
  • Student Teaching Early Childhood Education Grades 2-4

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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