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Early Childhood Special Education Credential

Degree Requirements

Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program
(a minimum of 60 semester course credits)

Students earn the Preliminary Level I credential. This credential enables teachers to provide educational services to children from birth to pre-kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention or special education. It can be earned with either a master's degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in early childhood special education, or a master's degree in infant mental health combined with early childhood special education. 

The master's degree in early childhood education or master's degree in infant mental health combined with the specialist credential provides students with academic preparation and training for work with infants and young children with developmental disabilities and their families in early intervention and preschool special education settings. This California-approved education specialist instruction credential in early childhood special education enables teachers to provide services to children, ages birth to pre-kindergarten, diagnosed with mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities and traumatic brain injury. Further, the Mills credential program provides added authorization in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and emotional disturbance.

Credential Requirements for Masters in Education with an Emphasis in ECE with ECSE Credential Preparation

Preliminary Credential:

EDUC 214 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs (4)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (4)

EDUC 255 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (4)

EDUC 260 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (2)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (4)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (4)

EDUC 379 Teaching Language Arts and Literature in the Primary Grades (4)

EDUC 242 The Hospitalized Child (4)

EDUC 254 Medical Information: Children in Hospitals and Clinics (2)

EDUC 258 Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs (4)

EDUC 275A Field Experience and Seminar in Early Childhood Settings (4)

EDUC 275B Field Experience and Seminar in Early Childhood Settings (4)

EDUC 276 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood (4)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE (4)

EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE (4)

Select one of the following:

EDUC 234 Documentation as Research (2-4)

EDUC 237 Child Language Acquisition (4)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)

Under the master's degree in early childhood education, the early childhood special education emphasis can be combined with the child life emphasis for an additional semester of course work. Students who choose to study both emphases will graduate with a California education specialist instruction credential in early childhood special education and will qualify to take the national child life certification exam.

 

Last Updated: 3/1/16