Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education
The MEd in Early Childhood Special Education encompasses theory, research and practice relating to children from birth to 5 years of age who experience developmental delays and disabilities. In addition to the degree, this program leads to an institutional recommendation for initial teacher certification or endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education-Birth to Five on an existing certificate from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED).
The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Special Education provides candidates with a holistic, inclusive, family-centered approach to assist families and support the development of young children with disabilities and developmental delays with a focus in the birth to age 5 range. This program is designed for those who are seeking an Early Childhood Special Education certification, an endorsement or for those seeking advanced knowledge and skills in this discipline without the certification.
- Satisfy the Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees and the School of Education M.Ed. Admission Requirements.
- Satisfy the prerequisites for admission to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, which include 6 credits in Child Development/Early Childhood Education (EDSE A212 or PSY A365) and (EDSE A311Y or EDEC A303) or other approved courses by advisement. Contact the Department of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership at (907) 786-4450.
- Submit an application to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education Program. Contact the Department of Graduate Studies at (907) 786-4450.
The School of Education provides coursework through a variety of methodologies and delivery formats, including distance education. This program includes courses delivered by distance. Candidates must have the technological knowledge, skills and access to equipment to engage in distance learning.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Graduate Degrees and the School of Education M.Ed. Graduation Requirements.
Complete an internship and professional portfolio documenting attainment of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.
- Satisfactorily complete the Special Education - Preschool/Early Childhood Praxis II.
- Complete the following program requirements with a minimum grade of C and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
Candidates admitted or seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education must receive approval from their advisor prior to taking coursework from another institution intended to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree.
|Early Childhood Special Education Courses|
|EDSE A607||Foundations for Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Health and Development||3|
|EDSE A610Y||Assessment of Infants & Toddlers in Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDSE A611Y||Assessment in Preschool Special Education||3|
|EDSE A622Y||Strategies and Interventions: Infant and Toddler Special Education||3|
|EDSE A623Y||Strategies and Interventions: Preschool Special Education||3|
|EDSE A674||Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDSE A692Y||Internship Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education Teaching (or an advisor-approved elective for those not seeking licensure) 1||1-2|
|EDSE A695Y||Advanced Internship: Early Childhood Special Education (or advisor-approved electives for those not seeking licensure) 1||6|
|Additional Required Courses|
|PSY A677||Multidisciplinary Seminar in Children's Mental Health||1|
|or SWK A677||Multidisciplinary Seminar in Children's Mental Health|
|EDRS A660||Fundamentals of Research in Education 2||3|
|EDSE A632||Special Education Law: Principles and Practices||3|
|Research elective by advisement 2||3|
|Elective by advisement||3|
Candidates who hold a current Special Education - Early Childhood teaching certificate or endorsement may substitute advisor approved courses for EDSE A692Y and EDSE A695Y. Candidates who are not seeking a Special Education - Early Childhood teaching certificate or endorsement may substitute advisor approved courses for EDSE A692Y and EDSE A695Y.
EDRS A660 and research credits by advisement may be waived for candidates entering the program with a master’s degree.
A minimum of 38 credits is required for the degree.
Some courses in the early childhood special education program require field placements and/or internship placements. The School of Education does not guarantee placements as they are contingent on school district and agency partners. The university offers placements across the state of Alaska. Out-of-state placements will require additional approvals and are not guaranteed. See School of Education Field Placements.
Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health (optional)
Candidates in the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education can apply for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health. Nine of the total 13 credits can be satisfied by the early childhood special education coursework. Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/cmhgc for more information.
Admission to Early Childhood Special Education Internship
1. Submit an application form for admission to Early Childhood Special Education Internship. Contact the School of Education Student Services office for fall and spring application deadlines at (907) 786-4401.
2. Satisfactorily complete the Special Education - Preschool/Early Childhood Praxis II prior to internship.
3. A current Student Teaching Authorization Certificate is required for admission to the internship (fingerprinting and criminal background check process).
Note: Admission to the Early Childhood Special Education M.Ed. does not guarantee admission to the internship.
State Approved Verification Form & Alaska Teacher Certification
The following are requirements for a state-approved verification form for a special education certificate or endorsement in Special Education - Early Childhood Birth - Age Five. Students who already hold a teaching certificate may receive a State Approved Verification for a birth - preschool special education endorsement on the existing certificate.
Complete all applicable prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of B.
Complete all required courses with a minimum grade of C and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
Complete all graduation requirements noted above.
Additional requirements for an initial teaching certification within the state of Alaska (including an Alaska studies course and a multicultural course) can be found at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development website. Note: Admission to the Early Childhood Special Education M.Ed. does not guarantee admission to the internship.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student outcomes for the program are based on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards and the Division of Early Childhood Special Education Initial Preparation Specialty Set.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Promote children’s learning and development within natural environments and/or inclusive settings.
- Affirm and respect the diversity of family structures, cultures and languages, taking into account family priorities, concerns, and preferences.
- Apply evidence-based instructional practices based on knowledge of the child, family, community, and the curriculum.
- Design, implement, and evaluate environments to ensure developmental and functional appropriateness.
- Assess the development and learning of young children with developmental delays and disabilities to guide intervention planning.
- Foster collaborative relationships with families, using an interagency, interdisciplinary team approach.
- Apply legal and ethical policies that affect young children with developmental delays and disabilities, families, and programs for young children.
- Critically analyze and apply principles of research in the area of early childhood special education.