Initial Program – Leads To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Earn Your Early Childhood Special Education Degree
Specialize in the unique needs of young children with diverse learning abilities by earning the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Designed for prospective educators with a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field, this program leads to initial teacher licensure.
Help meet the increased demand for skilled and certified early childhood special education professionals. This master's in early childhood special education degree program provides students with hands-on training in pedagogy and methodologies as well as in-depth study of the psychological, emotional and developmental needs of young children.
All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Teachers (ISTE-T), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Grand Canyon University also offers a non-licensure version of the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
Learn the Art of Early Childhood Education
Gain specialized expertise in instructional methods, pedagogy, educational policy, early child health and development, and family support. This master's in early childhood special education prepares you to thrive in both general and special education environments that serve students from birth through grade 3.
What You Will Learn
Become an Expert in Diverse Learning Abilities
Within this program, students complete 224 hours of field experience within birth through grade 3 classrooms in both special and general education environments. Students also participate in 16 weeks of student teaching, comprised of 8 weeks in a K-3 general education environment and 8 weeks in a K-3 special education environment. You also complete coursework in the following areas:
- Early childhood growth and development.
- Family and community advocacy.
- Instructional methods, classroom management, and pedagogy.
- Assessment, diagnosis, and intervention with developmental delays and other special needs.
- National and Arizona-based educational policy.
Be an Advocate for 21st Century Early Learning
Become an informed teacher or interventionist as a graduate of the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program. This program qualifies you to become a birth through grade 3 educator in public and private schools, as well as other settings that require teacher certification.
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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