MSEd–Early Childhood Special Education Degree Plan: Early Childhood Education Majors

Before enrolling in a course that counts for both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count a course toward a master’s degree, an early childhood or special education undergraduate student must:

  • Be accepted into the MSEd in Early Childhood Special Education Accelerated Master’s program
  • Receive prior approval from the graduate director, the department head of childhood education & family studies, and the dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form.
  • Gain acceptance into the program and complete all approvals prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course(s).

A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, provided the student meets all other requirements for admission to the graduate college.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course(s).

Sample degree plan

The following is a sample degree plan. Students should find out the course rotation before scheduling classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
ECE 304 The Early Childhood Education Professional 3
ECE 315 Classroom Management and Positive Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom 3
ECE 675 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
CFD 660 Family Engagement 3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
ECE 301 Emerging Literacy and Communication Arts 3
ECE 302 Social Studies and Sociomoral Development 2
ECE 303 Mathematics and Science for Young Children 3
SPE 623 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3
GEC 116 (Public Affairs, Public Issue) 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3

Ninth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
ECE 401 Curriculum For Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 402 Assessing Young Children 2
ECE 403 Integrated Arts in the Early Childhood Curriculum 1
RDG 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3

Tenth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours12
ECE 495 Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Education 6
ECE 496 Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Education 6

Eleventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours12
SPE 616 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings 3
SPE 618 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions in Applied Settings 3
SPE 779 Application of Technology in Special Education 3
ECE 725 Inquiry in Early Childhood and Family Development 3

Twelfth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours10-12
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3
SPE 782 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3
SPE 792 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Disabilities Lab 2
ECE 771 Proposal Development 1
SPE 671 Clinical Practicum in Special Education 1-3

Thirtieth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours3
ECE 762 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development 3

The following courses count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements:

  • ECE 675
  • CFD 660
  • SPE 623
  • CFD 663