To train and prepare teachers in the special education needs of children from birth to age 8, and to teach strategies for meeting those needs.
To start, you need:
- A bachelor’s degree
- Desire to teach special education
Finishing will take:
- 2 years
- Minimum 45 credits
- Must meet with advisor to create a program contract
- A professional portfolio
Begin your Master of Science in Education: Special Education program:
Fall term 2015
Where you will take classes:
- On campus
Technology you will need:
- Internet connection
- Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)
- Printer (optional)
Licensing required:Most applicants are licensed teachers, however licensure is not required. This program is designed to meet the requirements for TSPC licensure.
Where this degree can take you:
- Teaching birth-8 years old
- Preparation for doctoral programs
What you will learn:
The EI/SE programs incorporate standards based on developmentally appropriate practices (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and recommended practices (Council for Exceptional Children-Divison for Early Childhood). Professional practices guide the WOU EI/SE students in their acquisition of knowledge and skills in following key areas of direct services:
- Child-focused practices
- Family-based practices
- Interdisciplinary models
- Technology application
- Application of recommended practices of program assessment and improvement
Students complete the EI/SE programs prepared to serve as specialists and leaders in the field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
- Apply practical knowledge in the education of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and primary aged children;
- Be thoroughly familiar with children's developmental patterns and open to innovative ways of maximizing these pupils' potentials; and
- Have the specialized knowledge, skill and attitudes needed to collaborate with parents and professionals to promote the needs of the child.