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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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


Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):