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M.S. in Education: Special Education Early Intervention

EI/SE Endorsement I-21 Credits

The EI/SE I is an add-on endorsement program for people with elementary, special education or K-12 licenses and consists of 21 credit hours of course work and practica. All candidates complete a 12 credit hour early intervention core and nine credit hour special education core or a nine credit hour early childhood education core, depending on license and experience at entry. The early intervention core includes two three credit hour practica that give students experience across the age range of the endorsement (i.e., birth through primary level). Additional graduate coursework can be taken for Standard or Continuing Licensure requirements and includes advanced course work in special education and/or early childhood education as determined with an advisor and can also be part of a Master of Science in Education: Special Education program.

Early Intervention Core (12 credits)

  • SPED 671 Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 677 Collaborative Services in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (6 credits) -or-
  • SPED 610 Internship EI/ECSE (6 credits)

Students having an Elementary Education Endorsement or Special Education license will complete nine credits from one of the following:

  • Special Education Core (9 credits)
    • Courses selected with consent of advisor
  • Early Childhood Core (9 credits)
    • Courses selected with consent of advisor


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