Early childhood special education MEd and licensure
Help young children with developmental delays and disabilities succeed
In the early childhood special education (ECSE) program, you'll prepare to teach young children, birth through age six, with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities. This program leads to obtaining an ECSE license as either an initial teaching license or an additional license added to another teaching license to expand the age range and/or types of students a teacher is licensed to teach. You'll leave the program with the skills to: identify the need for early intervention; provide research-based services to children and their families in their home, school, and community settings; and, ultimately, help children and families successfully transition to kindergarten.
Graduates of the ECSE licensure program:
- Teach in preschool classrooms
- Provide in-home service to children and their families
- Collaborate with general education classroom teachers, related service providers, and evaluation team members
- Deliver high quality, effective services to to children from birth through age six with a wide variety of needs (e.g., developmental delays, physical or health impairments, autism) and from a variety of cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds
All classes are offered in the evening to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements.
- Over one third of the required courses are offered in a fully online format.
- Most other courses are taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.
- 75% of the common content required classes are offered in summer, which is convenient for students already working in schools.
The ECSE licensure program with a MEd in special education requires the completion of about 42.5 credits. For completion of a MEd only without licensure, 30 credits are required, with opportunities to select courses suited to your interests. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or areas of licensure.
*Denotes fully online class.
**Denotes courses offered in summer.