Added Authorization, Early Childhood Special Education

This authorization program allows teachers with special education credentials to add an authorization to teach children with disabilities, birth through age 5. ECSE programs can be administered by school districts, county offices of education, regional centers, or in private childcare settings and family homes.

Early Childhood Special Education Program Overview

The Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on services for infants through preschool age children who have disabilities and their families. ECSE specialists work in a variety of programs and settings and may consult with Early Childhood Education agencies and classroom teachers to facilitate inclusion. Once the initial course is passed, students follow a prescribed course sequence.

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.

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    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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    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
    • Complete and submit the University of Massachusetts Global application and be admitted into the Early Childhood Special Education added authorization (ECSEAA) program

    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.

       

      Required Courses
      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 669 Consultation and Advanced Strategies 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 early childhood education and strategies that can prepare you for the classroom.

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    What is the purpose of early childhood education?

    Simply put, the purpose of ECE is to provide children with strategies that help them develop the emotional, social and cognitive skills needed to become lifelong learners. Curricula is set up to encourage young students to learn about themselves and the world through play and sensory experiences. Read more.

    What does a high-quality ECE program look like?

    A good early childhood education program is dynamic, challenging, enriching and carefully planned. A typical ECE curriculum might incorporate songs, books, art, games, toys, experiences and nature exploration into the daily lesson plans for a class or group. Explore more important elements.

    Why is early childhood education important?

    During the early childhood education years, the brain makes millions of synapses every second that allow us to move, think, communicate and comprehend our environments. Children in ECE programs are less likely to repeat a grade, more prepared for school and more likely to earn more in the workforce. Explore more benefits.

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