Special Education: Early Childhood Special Ed (GC)


The program is for an individual seeking an initial teaching license, add-on teaching license, or additional knowledge in early childhood special education. Students work with an advisor to determine a plan of study for all courses needed.

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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

This program satisfies licensure-to-practice standards for Minnesota and may satisfy standards for other states or US territories.

Licensure/Certification Disclosure

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives

The Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate is a variable certificate with 9 to 18 credits.

Core Competency Courses - Choose 6 - 15 Credit(s). Core Competency Courses. This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Legal, historical, and foundational issues in the education of young children with disabilities as well as characteristics, service needs, and models of service for young children with disabilities with emphasis on young children with moderate/severe disabilities.

Prerequisites: none

This course will focus on applying current knowledge and recommended practices with preschoolers with developmental needs. Students in this class will learn how to use assessment information to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and how to structure a preschool classroom. This class will focus on collaboration between teachers and other service providers to meet the developmental needs of preschoolers. Students will learn how to manage a self-contained preschool classroom, co-teach with early childhood educators, and serve as an itinerant ECSE teacher in community preschools.

Prerequisites: none

Licensure Requirements - Choose 3 Credit(s). Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656

This is an accompanying course for initial licensure Special Education teacher candidates in the areas of ASD, DCD, EBD, LD, and ECSE.

Prerequisites: none

This course is an accompanying course for all advanced licensure Special Education teacher candidates.

Prerequisites: none