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

The early childhood special education program offers a non-categorical program that prepares students to work with children who are typically developing, those with disabilities and their respective families. Graduates who focus on the birth-to-age-3 group work in home-based early intervention programs, Early Head Start or developmental clinics, and can pursue a concentration in infant special education. A 3-to-5-year-old focus prepares graduates to teach special education preschool or Head Start or to consult with community-based inclusive preschools. Those interested in teaching kindergarten through third grade are prepared to work in special education resource rooms or inclusive classrooms.

Program graduates meet the competencies recommended by NAEYC and DEC in the following areas:

  • Child development and learning
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Working with families
  • Assessment of young children
  • Cultural, linguistic and economic diversity
  • Assistive and instructional technology
  • A concentration in infant special education is also offered.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines*: Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support
Summer - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Recommendations require Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 39 credits. 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
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