Teaching and Learning
Early Childhood Special Education
The Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree with concentration on early childhood special education focuses on issues and best practices in early childhood special education. The program prepares individuals to work with young children with disabilities and their families in inclusive, collaborative, and natural environments.
Graduates will be eligible for the State of Florida Endorsement in Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities (Pre-K ESE). The course of study consists of 30 credits over seven terms (includes two Summers). Classes meet from 5 PM to 7:40 PM during the Fall and Spring terms and from 4:20 PM to 8:05 PM during the Summer terms. The program accommodates working teachers by scheduling the two practicum experiences over two Summers, each six weeks. Occasionally, some workshops and meetings may be scheduled on Fridays after 4pm and Saturdays. All students must commit to taking 2 courses for 5 consecutive semesters, including 2 Summer terms.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION PROGRAM
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must:
- Hold teacher certification in any area OR be eligible for certification by having graduated from a state-approved teacher preparation program
- Provide evidence of having taken and passed (minimum of a 3.0 GPA) a course on Introduction to Exceptional Student Education
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Funding Opportunity Available
For eligible applicants, the School of Education and Human Development offers generous scholarships that will substantially reduce tuition. The School makes these awards at the same time as final admissions-decisions are made.
Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2017 for the next cohort, which will begin in June, 2018.
All students must commit to taking 2 courses for 6 consecutive semesters, including 2 Summer terms. The Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree program will follow the program requirements of the Early Childhood Special Education (M.S. Ed.) program with additional components.
Classes meet from 5 PM to 7:40 PM during the Fall and Spring terms and from 4:20 PM to 8:05 PM during the Summer terms. The program accommodates working teachers by scheduling the two practicum experiences over two Summers, each six weeks. Occasionally, some workshops and meetings may be scheduled on Fridays after 4pm and Saturdays, but no class sessions.
The Education and Social Change program’s conceptual framework focuses on the world of education beyond classroom walls, the classroom context of teaching, and the students in classrooms, comprising a holistic, developmental approach across the three areas. Overall, the goals of the program track are to improve instruction for diverse populations, to prepare teachers for leadership roles within their schools, and to develop capacity to lead future change efforts in support of public education.
There are two tracks with three possible program plans: 1) Teaching Track and 2) Social Change Track. The Teaching Track includes a choice of two program plans (1. Core Classes plus one course for the Teaching Track for those with a Florida Temporary or Full Teaching Certificate, or 2. Professional Teaching Option for those wishing to pursue a Florida Temporary Teaching Certificate), and the Social Change Track is made up of the Core Classes plus one Social Change Track course.