Lead Faculty: Dr. Kathleen Klinger
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program includes the mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and authorizes service to children ages birth to pre-kindergarten only.
This Added On Authorization in Early Childhood Special Education is available to individuals who hold a preliminary, Level I, professional clear, clear, Level II, or life special education teaching credential, and who complete a program though a Commission-approved program sponsor. The ECSE Added Authorization authorizes the holder to provide special education services in the area of mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities for students ages birth to pre-K as determined by the local level special education assessment.
Completion of the Add-On Authorization extends special education teaching authorization from birth to Pre-K. It may also be added to Clear Credentials in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, Physical Impairments, and Visual Impairments. In addition, persons with Learning Handicapped or Severely Handicapped credentials may add this Add-On authorization. It is expected that the candidate has experience and access to early childhood special education programs serving young children with disabilities, birth to five, during the program.
Professionals in other fields, such as social work, nursing, behavioral intervention, and child development may also complete the course work for professional development units.
Note: SPD 678 ECSE Field Experience must be taken as the last course in the program. After successfully completing coursework and the ECSE Exit Exam candidates must meet with a Credential Program Specialist to complete and submit to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing application for the Add-On Authorization.