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Special Education Early Childhood Master's or Endorsement


A Special Education Master's Degree focusing on early childhood (ECSE)

This blended program is designed to prepare early childhood and early childhood special educators to meet the unique educational needs of children with and without disabilities from birth to age 8. You can take this as a master's degree or endorsement-only program:

  • Special Education Master of Arts – Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis – this degree includes the endorsement preparation.
  • Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (EC/ECSE) Endorsement (Ages 0-8 yrs) – this is the endorsement-only option.

You will develop a range of specialized skills for work in classrooms and community-based settings with children who are at-risk and their families. The program focuses on promoting families as partners, collaborative and cross-disciplinary service approaches, recommended intervention practices, and appropriate practices for work with children and their families across the range of abilities and cultural experiences.

Flexible and Convenient for Current and Future Educators

The Extended Campus deliveries are intended for working professionals. Choose between our online program and a hybrid program where coursework is delivered in Denver and online.

If you are not currently a teacher but are looking for a career change, you may take additional courses (12 credits) to work toward obtaining your teaching licensure.

A History of Excellence

The School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado has a long history of excellence in the preparation of special education teachers. The school is fully accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the School of Special Education: Special Education: Early Childhood Emphasis page which also includes information about the on-campus delivery of this program.

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Credits Required:
33 Endorsement
36 Masters
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Rashida Banerjee



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