Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


Academic Information

This program is nationally recognized with condition by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


Careers

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 eight, 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 0-8 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, preschool and kindergarten to third grade settings in private, human service, and public school settings.

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College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


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College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


Overview

In addition to University 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 37 - 46
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement
To prepare early educators and early interventionists in evidence-based knowledge and practices through embedded and applied experiences to best serve children birth to eight years old with disabilities.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).
 
Learner Development and Individual Differences: Beginning special education professionals understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.

 
Learning Environments:  Beginning special education professionals create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination. 
Curricular Content Knowledge: Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities. 
Assessment: Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions. 
Instructional Planning and Strategies: Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities. 
Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: Beginning special education professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession. 
Collaboration: Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


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Additional Admission Requirements
Master's Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education with Certification, Master of Education


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