Initial Program – Does Not Lead To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Lead Special Education for Exceptional Young Children
Become an expert educator, advocate and leader with the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU). This program enables you to help each student grow to his or her full potential while advocating at the school and district level for children of diverse abilities.
Step into the high demand field of early childhood special education as a graduate of this master’s degree program, equipped with best-practice pedagogy and methodologies as well as expertise in the psychosocial and familial needs of exceptional children.
In addition to coursework, students complete 104 hours of field experience from birth through grade 3 classrooms, in both special and general education environments. All courses are directly aligned with national teaching standards as prescribed by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Teachers (ISTE-T), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
This version of the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education degree does not lead to initial teacher licensure. This program is recommended for educators seeking to enhance their career specialization or preparing for roles that do not require certification, such as within private or parochial organizations. GCU also offers an initial licensure version of the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
Strengthen Special Education Classrooms and Programs
Graduates of this early childhood special education graduate program are prepared as not only educators but stewards of children. Learn to make ethical decisions in the classroom, as well as advocate at the school, district and policy level. Focus is placed on your ability to recognize and assess special needs, initiate family and community collaboration, and promote the education of young children with and without exceptionalities.
What You Will Learn
Become Well-Versed in the Needs of Exceptional Children
In this early childhood special education program, you will examine the following topics and concepts:
- Early childhood growth and development.
- Family and community advocacy.
- Instructional methodologies for language, literacy, social studies, the arts and behavioral intervention.
- Classroom engagement and management for typical and atypical behaviors.
- Assessment, monitoring and tracking special needs in young children.
- Philosophical, professional and historical foundations of early childhood education.
Deliver Expertise in Early Childhood Special Education
Graduates of the non-licensure Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program are qualified to pursue many vocations including teaching, administration, program coordination and policy making. The non-licensure track is advantageous for those seeking roles that do not require teacher certification, including those within charter, private and early learning school environments. Other potential career paths include child development center leadership, family services and program consulting.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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