Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Special Education program provides teacher education candidates with broad content knowledge and prepares them as early childhood teachers in an inclusive setting. This degree qualifies students for licensure in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education, and enables them to teach in a preschool or elementary classroom setting with students 0 to age 8. Students may pursue this bachelor's degree outright, or pursue it after obtaining the Early Childhood associate degree through our WCCC campus.

Career Options

  • K-2nd grade teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • SPED preschool teacher
  • Self-contained SPED classroom teacher
  • Interventionist teacher
  • Resource teacher

Academic Requirements

Basic Program Requirements

  • Before students may register for any upper level education courses, they must be formally accepted into the Center for Teacher Education Program via a thorough application process.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of essential learning and foundation coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.80 before a candidate may apply to the Teacher Education program.
  • Grades of B or higher are required in most courses, including ENGL 111 & 112, and MATH 105 & 205.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in all required courses, unless otherwise stated.
  • Students moving from the associate program to the bachelor's may do so through the Transfer to Baccalaureate degree process. AA students must complete a "T2B" form and turn it into the Registrar's Office.
  • Once admitted, all ECSE/EDUC prefix courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.
  • All other coursework toward the degree must be successfully completed prior to the internship.
  • Over 200 hours of required classroom experience are completed prior to student teaching in a variety of school settings to gain experience with children of all ages and backgrounds.
  • During internship, students complete the required 600 hours in inclusive classrooms, with both a preschool placement and a primary elementary placement. Giving students practical teaching experience in both areas.
  • Before the entering internship, students are required to take their licensure exam.

Faculty & Advising

  • Students work with a variety of instructors throughout this program with different areas of expertise, from Early Childhood instructors/advisors to our Elementary Program Coordinator, to Literacy and other content coordinators.
  • Dr. Ann Gillies, our Exceptional Learner and Special Education Coordinator, provides the majority of the program advising.
  • Tammie Vail Shoultz-McCole, the Program Director for Early Childhood Education, also provides advising during the first two years of the program, throughout the early childhood, EDEC, course sequence.