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 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.
Courses are designed with the working professional in mind. They are offered on Friday evenings, Saturdays and online. Students pursuing the master's degree and intending to work in Early Childhood Special Education in rural districts may be eligible for U.S. Department of Education grants.
At the end of the program, candidates may earn either a master’s degree and the endorsement, or non-degree credits toward endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) or both ECSE and Early Childhood. 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.
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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).