Do you have a desire to serve young children with special needs and their families? Are you passionate about learning how to use evidence-based intervention methods to make a difference?
With a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the Morgridge College of Education at University of Denver, you will be prepared to be a highly qualified, competent, collaborative, ethical and self-reflective Early Childhood Special Education Specialist.
Our master’s program will train you to be a scientist-practitioner who can solve problems and share decision-making with others to optimize social-emotional, cognitive, academic and behavioral outcomes for children from birth to age 8 with special needs and their families.
Through our program, you will learn how to serve young children with special needs and their families in a variety of settings including but not limited to public and private schools, BOCES, early learning centers and community organizations who:
- Value inclusive excellence and demonstrate a commitment to education as an essential part of every community
- Are data-driven and reflective in their practice, and utilize evidence-based practices
- Utilize a family-centered approach to intervention
- Understand and use the latest research and technology to improve educational efforts on behalf of all learners
- Utilize an ecological approach to intervention
Why should you choose Morgridge?
MCE offers small classes and a personalized, hands-on approach. Your learning and practice experiences in our master’s program will be based on a strong understanding of the interrelationship between environmental, neurobiological and cultural influences on development. This approach is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of children and their families within the ever-changing global society.
Upon completion of your master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, you will meet the coursework requirements for licensure by the Colorado Department of Education for practice as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.
Because practice is an important part of learning, our program provides you with InContext experiences so you can apply what you are learning to real-world settings and issues:
- Gain hands-on experience in implementing intervention plans for infants, toddlers and pre-school students who have special needs or developmental delays through The Donne and Sue Fisher Early Learning Center, a unique inclusive early learning center serving the Denver community located in Morgridge College of Education.
- Participate in research projects related to very young children with special needs
- Begin your field experience from day one at several local public and private partnership schools and agencies