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Master of Science in Education: Special Education
Preparing teachers in the special education needs of children birth to age 8
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Designed for:

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

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

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:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • 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:

  • Assessment
  • 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.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Apply practical knowledge in the education of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and primary aged children;
  2. Be thoroughly familiar with children's developmental patterns and open to innovative ways of maximizing these pupils' potentials; and
  3. Have the specialized knowledge, skill and attitudes needed to collaborate with parents and professionals to promote the needs of the child.

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