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The Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) offers a Master of Education program with several areas of concentration from which students choose. The program prepares students to work with individuals with various disabilities; it is appropriate for individuals who wish to earn a master’s degree while expanding their knowledge of the field of special education.
Students interested in specializing in the area of early childhood special education (ages 3-8) and/or early intervention (birth to age 2) are required to take 12-15 credit hours in this concentration area. By completing this area of concentration, students are eligible for the State of Florida Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities Endorsement (Pre-K – grade 3) and/or the Department of Health Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) Certificate.
Course Requirements for Concentration in Early Childhood:
In addition to the College of Education Core and Exceptional Student Education Department Core, students pursuing this concentration area must also take the following five courses:
- – EEX 5015 (3) Survey & Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education –
- – EEX 5017 (3) Atypical Development Early Childhood ESE
- – EEX 5245 (3) Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
- – EEX 5755 (3) Family & Community Resources in Early Childhood Special Education
- – EEX 6707 (3) Early Intervention
Students who complete EEX 5015; EEX 5017; EEX 5245; and, EEX 5755; and who already have initial State of Florida Teacher Certification are eligible for the State of Florida Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities “add on” Endorsement (Pre-K – grade 3).
Students who complete EEX 5015; EEX 5017; EEX 5755; and, EEX 6707 are eligible for the Department of Health Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) Certificate.
Accreditation Standards for Concentration in Early Childhood:
- – State of Florida Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3) Through Grade Three (3) Specialization Competencies (PK/P)
- – National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- – Educator Accomplished Practices: Florida Education Standards Commission (EAP)
- – NCATE Recommendations for Technology in Teacher Education (NCATE-tech)
- – Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida’s Teachers: ESOL = (ESOL)
- – Florida’s Early Intervention Professional Competencies (ITDS Appendix A)
- – public school early childhood or early childhood special education classrooms
- – child care teacher or administrator
- – Head Start teacher or administrator
- – preschool teacher
- – family support specialist
- – special needs service coordinator
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