Added Authorization, Early Childhood Special Education

Accredited by the CTC, this Added Authorization, Early Childhood Special Education allows teachers with special education credentials to teach children up to age 5 with disabilities. ECSE programs can be administered in different settings, from school districts to regional centers, private childcare settings to family homes.

Early Childhood Special Education Program Overview

Authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Added Authorization, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE-AA) provides additional training to teachers who have already earned a Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe) or a Preliminary Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate or Extensive Needs). This additional training is designed to meet California requirements for providing early intervention and/or teaching special education in various settings. The focus is on infants through preschool-age children, and their families.

As a student, you will:

  • Recognize characteristics of infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  • Develop skills to act as service coordinators for determining eligibility and for program development.
  • Learn how to implement high quality instruction and intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  • Understand laws governing services for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  • Expand your expertise in working with families of infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  • Master consultation and collaboration skills.

Next Session

Fall I (Aug 26, 2024)

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Ways to Learn

Online

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    Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
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    MA, Special Education
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    My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
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    Amy J.
    I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
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    MA, Special Education

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Submit a copy of their appropriate, valid, CTC designated credential in special education
    • Completed application

    Program Curriculum

    • Applicants must:

      1. Submit a copy of their appropriate, valid, CTC designated credential in special education.
      2. Complete and submit the University of Massachusetts Global application and be admitted into the Early Childhood Special Education added authorization (ECSEAA) program.

       

      Code Course Name Credits
      Required Courses
      EDUU 644 Development, Risk and Resilience 3
      EDUU 665 Historical, Phil, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

      3

      EDUU 666 Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

      3

      EDUU 667 Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

      3

      EDUU 668 Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

      3

      EDUU 670 Field Experience in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

      3

      Total Credits

      18

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about special education and strategies that can prepare you for the classroom.

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    What are key characteristics of a special education teacher?

    There are many characteristics that are essential for teachers who work with special needs students. Some examples include:

    • They are active listeners
    • They have strong social perception skills
    • They understand how to support different learning styles
    • They’re adept at complex problem solving
    • They are service oriented

    Find out more about these qualities and explore if this helping profession is right for you.  

    What is the difference between special education and inclusive education?

    Historically, students with disabilities were taught separately from the other students, hence the term "special education." That is no longer the case. Today, schools strive to deliver "inclusive education," where special education services are delivered in the general education environment. "All means all" is the philosophy where all students can learn together in the same classroom. Get strategies for fostering inclusive learning

    What is an IEP?

    IEP stands for “Individualized Education Program.” Once a child has been evaluated and their eligibility for services is confirmed, the IEP serves as the roadmap for success based on the student’s unique needs. Special Educators work with a team that includes parents, administrators, and other related service providers to develop the IEP and document.

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