College of Education2013-2014
Department of Educational Specialties
Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education
This plan is appropriate for candidates who are certified or eligible for certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education and desire specialized coursework in early childhood special education. Candidates in this program of studies are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in specific classes.
This program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.
What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Special Education Early Childhood with Certification?
If your aspiration is to teach young children with disabilities, ages birth to five, this degree plan is for you. This plan will guide you toward certification in early childhood special education as an area of expertise, and upon successfully completing the program you will be eligible to receive an institutional recommendation. The Early Childhood Special Education certification means you will be prepared to work with young children ages 0-5 with disabilities. The demand for early childhood special educators currently outpaces the supply across the country. By earning this degree you'll be ready to enter a special education teaching position in either early intervention or preschool settings in private, human service, and public school settings.
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
|Minimum Units for Completion||33|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Arizona Certification/Endorsement||Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application required.for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- 1 letter of recommendation
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- ENG 101 and 102 or ENG 105 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B. Math (College Algebra) with a minimum grade of C. Laboratory Science with a minimum grade of C
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Privacy forms
- Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one)
- Program of study signed by applicant and advisor
Take the following 33 units:
- ESE 516, ESE 536, ESE 556, (ESE 585 or DIS 519), ESE 657 (15 units)
- ESE 608 - Early Childhood (3 units)
- ECI 620 (3 units)
- ESE 698 (3 units)
- ESE 596 (9 units)
- Candidates must also pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (professional knowledge and Special Education focus area), and meet State requirements on Federal and State Constitutional knowledge for Arizona Teacher Certification.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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