Graduate Certificate - Early Childhood Special Education
The demand for early childhood care and education programs continues to increase not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care but also in recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early years.
This 33-credit certificate offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior coursework. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate with the Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate. Students enrolled in this program must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.
For policies governing all graduate certificates, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page at https://irr2.gmu.edu/gedt/Early_Childhood_Special_Education/Gedt.html.
The Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate Degree Requirements
- ECED 502: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners (3 credit hours)
- ECED 503: Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance (3 credit hours)
- ECED 504: Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners (3 credit hours)
- ECED 505: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (3 credit hours)
- ECED 506: Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners (3 credit hours)
- ECED 511: Assessment of Diverse Young Learners (3 credit hours)
- ECED 522: Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers (3 credit hours)
- ECED 523: Early Intervention for Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative & Consultative Approaches (3 credit hours)
All SPEC teacher candidates will complete 6 credits of internship. The internship requirements may be fulfilled by completing EITHER:
- ECED 791: Internship with Diverse Infants and Toddlers AND ECED 793: Internship in Preschool Early Childhood Special Education (Must register for 3 credits)
Field experience may be required throughout the program.
Two internships are required for teacher licensure. One preschool and one infant/toddler internship are typically required. On-the-job internships are also available. Application deadlines are February 15 for fall and summer placements; September 15 for spring placement. Internship applications are available as is additional information about the Early Childhood Special Education Program