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M.S. in Education: Special Education Early Intervention

EI/SE Endorsement II-45 credits

The EI/SE II is a stand alone licensure program for those without a teaching license. The 45 credit hour initial license/endorsement program includes 15 credit hour early intervention core (including practica), a nine credit hour special education core, a nine credit hour early childhood education core, and a 12 credit hour final supervised field experience (student teaching). The six credit hours of practica in the early intervention core and the 12 credit hour student teaching experience will result in practical application knowledge with infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and primary aged children. Additional graduate coursework can be taken for Standard and Continuing Licensure requirements and includes advanced course work in special education and/or early childhood education as determined with an advisor and can be part of a Master of Science in Education: Special Education program.

Early Intervention Core (15 credits)

  • SPED 609 Practicum: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (6 credits) -or-SPED 610 Internship EI/ECSE (6 credits)
  • SPED 646 Law and Special Education (3 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)

Students having an Elementary Education Endorsement or Special Education license will complete nine credits from both 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

Final Supervised Field Experience EI/ECSE: 12 credits

  • SPED 639 Final Supervised Field Experience -or- SPED 610 Internship EI/ECSE


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M.S. in Ed. Special Education