Specialization in Early Childhood Special Education
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. For candidates interested in adding the ECSE Authorization to a valid Education Specialist credential, please review the Autism Certificate program under the Special Education Department section.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrates knowledge of developmental and learning characteristics, and evidence-based practices associated with young children (birth to Pre K) with developmental delays, and all categories of disabilities.
- Demonstrates knowledge of family systems, the impact of child with disabilities on the family, engages in family-centered practices and partnerships in all components of early intervention and education for infants and young children with disabilities
- Demonstrates skill in formal and informal assessment approaches that inform the development and implementation of evidence-based, developmentally appropriate, family supported interventions and reflect the impact of culture (including ELL), specific disabilities on learning, and the role of the interdisciplinary team.
- Document observations from birth to prekindergarten and in-depth field experiences in early childhood settings with families and children of diverse backgrounds and young children who have a range of abilities including in-home service delivery, and inclusive DAP center based preschool/prekindergarten programs