Teaching and Learning
Early Childhood Special Education
This program is designed for individuals who wish to develop a high level of professional expertise in providing direct services to young children with special needs and their families.
Applicants to a program of study leading to a Specialist in Education degree (Ed. S.) must have a master’s degree, adequacy of previous study in the field of education, and at least five (5) years of successful teaching experience. The Ed. S. degree is independent of a doctoral degree.
The Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree program with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education includes coursework and practicum experiences that could lead to endorsement in Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities. Please contact the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certificate for any questions regarding endorsement.
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.
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.
The program requires 30 additional credits beyond the master’s degree (minimum). Students seeking the Ed. S. degree enroll in the same courses as students seeking the M. S. Ed. Degree. However, students seeking the Ed. S. degree must complete more challenging assignments as well as a comprehensive capstone project.