Early Childhood Special Education

Do you have a passion for helping families with young children with developmental delays, disabilities and special needs? Turn your passion into your next career path with a degree from our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences.

Our program approaches the field of early childhood special education in an ecological, holistic and developmental way. We focus on professional, ethical, research and policy issues related to early childhood development, social-emotional early learning and family support. Furthermore, we emphasize the unique learning needs of children through evidence-based practices. Through coursework and direct hands-on experience, you will learn how to design and implement high-quality early learning environments, services and supports that value the diverse needs of families and children with developmental delays, disabilities and special needs.

Our Programs

We offer two degree programs. Both of our programs use a family-centered approach, and give you the opportunity to work collaboratively with other professionals who serve families with children with disabilities and special needs.

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    Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education

    Pursue licensure to work with young children aged birth to eight years in a variety of settings and collaborative teams.

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    Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

    Develop knowledge and practical skills to work successfully with inclusive Early Childhood Education programs within public schools, private programs and community agencies.


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Career Paths

Colorado is ranked third by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the highest concentration of ECSE jobs in preschools. Teach in a preschool or take your skills outside of the classroom to work as an early interventionist (for children aged birth to three years), early childhood systems specialist, or a Child Find evaluation specialist or coordinator.