Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education B.A. — Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Emphasis - Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement (Ages Birth-8)

Program temporarily not accepting new applications for admissions.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: Nancy M. Sileo or Jennifer Lieber

Location: McKee 29

Telephone: 970.351.2691

Fax: 970.351.1061

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/sped


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The curriculum consists of recommended Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, courses in early childhood and early childhood special education theory, practice, and pedagogy and courses in the Professional Teacher Education Program to ensure students have the breadth of knowledge to be an early childhood special education teacher. Strong emphasis is placed on promoting families as partners, collaborative and cross-disciplinary service approaches, recommended intervention practices that are based on research evidence, and appropriate practices for work with children and their families across a range of abilities and cultural experiences. Students are required to take technology courses; and the use of technology is incorporated into the special education coursework. Extensive field based experiences in inclusive settings with children in three age-groups- birth to 2 years, 3- 5 years, and 5-8 years are included. The program meets national and state early childhood special education professional development standards for the promotion of development and learning of young children from birth to age 8 in inclusive settings.

This major allows early childhood special education teachers to learn and apply the roles and responsibilities they must perform on a daily basis:

  • assess young children with disabilities;
  • plan and implement an Individualized family Service Program and Individualized Education program in collaboration with families and professionals under the rules and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Colorado Exceptional Children Education Act.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

Students must have a 2.75 GPA at UNC by the time 30 semester hours are completed. First semester transfer students’ GPA will be reviewed at the end of the first semester on campus. Student must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll in EDSE 438.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license. 

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

The following courses are recommended, but not required for the major:

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

These courses are recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

  • MATH 181 Fundamentals of Mathematics I: Number and Operations 
  • MATH 182 Fundamental Mathematics II: Algebra, Probability and Data Analysis

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list. Please work with your advisor for recommended courses for this section of LAC.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 71 credits

Required Major Courses — 39 credits

Take all of the following courses:

EDSE 201Culture of Special Education


EDSE 203The Individualized Education Program and the Collaborative Process


EDSE 270Field-Based Experience


EDSE 331Typical and Atypical Development of Young Children


EDSE 332Appropriate Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 333Evidence-based Practices for Preschool Learners, 3-5 Years


EDSE 334Evidence-based Practices for Young Learners, 5 to 8 Years


EDSE 431Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 432Evidence-based Practices for Infants and Toddlers, Birth to 3 Years


EDSE 434Collaborative Practice with Families and Professionals


EDSE 435Young Children with Significant Support Needs


EDSE 436Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education: Birth to 3 Years


EDSE 437Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education: 3-8 Years


Additional Required Courses — 32 credits

Take all of the following courses:

ECLD 350Teaching Young Bilingual Children


EDEC 205Nutrition, Health, and Safety


EDEC 220Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques


EDEC 240Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Program


EDEC 241Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood


EDEC 250Diverse Early Language and Literacy


ET 340Integration of Technology into Content and Pedagogy


MATH 181Fundamentals of Mathematics I: Number and OperationsLAX1


MATH 182Fundamental Mathematics II: Algebra, Probability and Data AnalysisLAX1


MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement


PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers


3. Required PTEP — 15 credits

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


EDSE 438Student Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education


Note: EDSE 438 Take 12 credits.

4. University-Wide Credits — 3 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 3 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.