Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Early Childhood Special Education

The master of arts in education and human development in the field of early childhood special education degree program offers students the opportunity to train in age-related subspecialties of preprimary, birth to age five, primary school age, or K - grade 3. The program is approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children. Students gain knowledge and skills in the specific content areas recommended by NAEYC and DEC: child development and learning; curriculum development and implementation; routine-based intervention in natural environments; family-centered services delivery models; child assessment, evaluation, and progress monitoring; cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity; and field-based practicum and internships.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: for the regular degree39 credits, including the required core courses and general courses; for the degree with an optional concentration in infant special education42 credits, including the required core courses and infant special education concentration courses. In both cases, successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination and completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (see below) are required. 

Core
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6222Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
SPED 6240Family Support and Guidance in Special Education
or SPED 6100 Selected Topics
SPED 6261Practicum: Methods and Materials for Young Children with Disabilities
SPED 6266The Development of Language and Literacy
SPED 6268Development of Children and Youth with Disabilities
SPED 6269Etiology, Symptomatology, and Approaches to Intervention with Children with Disabilities
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
Students may choose to complete the regular degree with the following four courses or to complete the degree with the optional concentration in infant special education, below.
CPED 6622Foundations of Reading Development
SPED 6260Developmental Assessment in Special Education
SPED 6262Formal Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities
SPED 6993Internship: Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (taken for six credits)
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office
Infant special education concentration option courses
CPED 6221Developmental Reading: Emergent Literacy
SPED 6242Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Programming for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
SPED 6243Developmental Assessment of Infants
SPED 6267Instructional and Assistive Technology in Early Childhood Special Education
SPED 6994Internship: Early Intervention (taken for six credits)
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office