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Plan of Study

M.S.Ed. Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2) and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth – Grade 2)

44 Credits

Tier I: Core Courses (12 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
TED 500 Lives of Children 3
TED 505 Issues in Education 3
TED 510 Introduction to Students with Disabilities 3
TED 515 Multicultural Perspectives in Education 3

Before Tier II, students must demonstrate proficiency in the following ways:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Pass the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)
  • Demonstrate competence in writing
  • Satisfactorily complete the initial portfolio submission

Tier II: Methods Courses (28 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
TED 600 Introduction to Students with Learning Problems 3
SPC 650 Developmental Psychopathology 3
TED 520 Language and Literacy 3
TED 640 Phonological Awareness and Beginning Reading 3
TED 616 Applied Behavior Anal. For Students w/Disabilities 3
TED 620 Collaboration in Inclusive Settings 3
TED 641 Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood Educ. 3
TED 642 Observ. and Assessment in Early Child. Classroom 3
TED 636 Early Childhood Special Education 3
TED 545 Promoting Wellness in the Classroom 1

Before moving on to Tier III, students should pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W)

Tier III: Field Experiences (4 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
TED 722
TED 723
Seminar and Student Teaching: Early Childhood/Special Education
Seminar and Supervised Teaching: Early Childhood/Special Education

Portfolio Requirements

Initial portfolios should be submitted after 12-15 credits. A student must have a passing first portfolio submission in order to apply for student teaching.

Final portfolios should be submitted one semester prior to the final semester in the program. Portfolios need to be judged as satisfactory or better before the degree will be granted.

See Portfolio Guidelines