A Master's Degree or Endorsement Focused on Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

This program is designed to prepare you as an early childhood special educator 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 an 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.

Towards the end of the program you will gain extensive experience working with three age groups (infant/toddlers, preschool and K-3), which will allow you to apply the knowledge you have attained. These practicum courses each require 150 hours in the field, and they fulfill licensing and program requirements.

Flexible Delivery Options 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.

You do not need to be a licensed teacher to take this program. You can earn eligibility for your teaching license and endorsement via this program. If you are already a licensed teacher, you will add this endorsement area to your existing license.

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 Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Higher Learning Commission.

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