The goal of this master’s program is to prepare highly competent, collaborative, ethical and self-reflective Early Childhood Special Education Specialists. The program trains and develops scientist-practitioners 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.
The program prepares Early Childhood Special Education Specialists to serve young children with special needs and their families in schools, districts 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
Students will understand the needs of children and their families within the ever-changing global society. Their practice will be based on a strong understanding of the interrelationship between environmental, neurobiological and cultural influences on development.
- Learn and practice research-based teaching methods for early childhood and early childhood special education
- Work with children (ages 0-8) with special needs and their families
- Meet the licensure requirements of the Colorado Department of Education for practice as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher
InContext Learning Experiences
Examples of InContext learning experiences our students have include:
- Partner with the Fisher Inclusive Team (FIT) at the Fisher Early Learning Center (FELC)to implement intervention plans for infants, toddlers and pre-school students who have special needs or developmental delays
- Begin your field experience from day one at several local public and private partnership schools and agencies