Graduate Certificate Summary
DescriptionThe Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program designed to provide educators and others with specialty coursework focused on young children birth to age 5 years who have developmental disabilities. This graduate certificate does not result in a teaching endorsement in ECSE.
The graduate certificate program is well-suited for educators who desire additional training for their current jobs as well as graduate students in related fields whose professions serve young children with disabilities. Non-teachers in fields such as physical, occupational or speech therapy,and psychology can enhance their work with young children and their families, further developing their professional skills and improving their marketability.
Teachers interested in adding ECSE specialization to their current teaching certificate should contact the ECSE Certificate Advisor who can provide information on an appropriate program of study leading to an ECSE endorsement.
Early Childhood Special Education
- This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
- On the WebDepartment Website
- Graduate ChairProfessor Karen Hux
- Certificate AdvisorAssociate Professor Christine Marvin
- Graduate SecretaryMs. Jill England
Application Checklist and Deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the Department for this Certificate
- Letter of Intent
- Department Graduate Certificate Application Form
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate and/or graduate)
- Completion of at least one course in special education with a grade of B or better
- Previous experience working in schools or community settings with young children or students with disabilities of any age (preferred)
Application DeadlineRolling admission, contact department for more information
CoursesThe Early Childhood Special Education graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program. To earn the Certificate, participants must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B- or higher in all classes.
RequiredSPED 860 - Issues in Early Childhood Special Education
SPED 861 - Infants with Disabilities OR
SPED 862 - Preschool Children with Disabilities
SPED 960 - Family-Centered Services
SPED 863 - Medically Fragile Infants and Children
More Course InformationThe Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.
The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.
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