Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Special Education M.A. – Early Childhood Special Education Concentration

Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

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Director: Corey Pierce, Ph.D.

Location: McKee 36

Telephone: 970.351.2691

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/special-education/

This master’s program is designed to prepare teachers who will work with young children from birth to age 8 across the full spectrum of learning needs and abilities. Because it promotes an inclusive approach to early education, the program is appropriate for teachers who will work in Early Childhood Special Education and/or Early Childhood Education settings. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in parent-professional partnerships, recommended research-based practices, typical and atypical early child development, and approaches to effective assessment and intervention. Students are required to pass the Early Childhood Special Education PRAXIS exam before enrolling in practicum coursework. 

Degree Requirements — 36 Credits

Required Major Core Credits — 3 hours

SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


Required Concentration Credits — 33 hours

EDSE 510Foundations of Special Education


EDSE 511Content Accessibility for CLD and Students with Identified Needs


EDSE 512Assessment, IEP Development and Instructional Planning


EDSE 530Family/Professional Partnerships


EDSE 531Assessment and Planning in Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 532Typical and Atypical Early Child Development: Application to Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 533Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 534Research, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood Special Education


EDSE 537Practicum in EC/ESCE: Infants and Toddlers


EDSE 538Practicum in EC/ECSE: 3-5 years


EDSE 539Practicum in EC/ECSE: 5-8 years


EDSE 616Scientifically Based Literacy Interventions


Elective Courses:

Elective courses may be taken from the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program, the Autism Certificate Program or courses with advisor approval up to 12 credits.

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