"GSEHD, Alexandria schools partner in special education initiative" by GW Hatchet
Early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in positively shifting the developmental and learning trajectories of young children. Not only do they nurture and teach young children and partner with their families to facilitate transformative developmental experiences, they also act as advocates and change agents, promoting inclusive communities and equitable opportunities for all children.
In this program, you'll gain hands-on experience while learning from nationally-recognized faculty to earn a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Become a change agent and improve outcomes for all young children (ages 3-8), including those with or at-risk for disabilities.
As the only dual endorsement program in the area, successful completion of the program prepares you for initial licensure in early childhood education with an endorsement in early childhood special education (PreK through 3rd grade) in D.C.
$6,000 Grant Opportunity
New students to the ECSE Master's program for 2023, who are eligible for scholarships, will receive a $6,000 grant and may receive additional funding through merit scholarships.
Learn more about this grant >
Nationally Recognized & Accredited
Nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children and accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals and for internship experiences. Program can be completed as a part-time or full-time student.
Faculty are experts in developmental and educational psychology, behavioral interventions, and special education. They are nationally recognized educators with experience leading innovative work in research and practice across education and health sectors.
Unique to the the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area, our location gives students access to urban or suburban public, charter, and private schools. This allows students to examine, compare, and contrast schools with widely different student populations, structures, and demographics.
The program requires two supervised field work experiences. Students have opportunities to train across an array of service delivery settings for children between 3 and 8-years-olds and receive mentorship and guidance from site and University supervisors.
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Early Childhood Special Education
Special Education and Disability Studies
At GW, our Early Childhood Special Education masters program is grounded in an enhanced vision of special education, one that synthesizes 21st century developmental science and critical disability justice frameworks with culturally responsive, evidence-based approaches to early childhood education for children (PreK – 3rd grade) identified with and without disabilities. Our core values frame our approach to special educator preparation.
|EDUC 6114||Introduction to Quantitative Research|
|SPED 6222||Leadership in Disability Public Policy|
|SPED 6240||Family Support and Guidance in Special Education|
|or SPED 6100||Selected Topics|
|SPED 6261||Practicum: Methods and Materials for Young Children with Disabilities|
|SPED 6266||The Development of Language and Literacy|
|SPED 6268||Development of Children and Youth with Disabilities|
|SPED 6269||Etiology, Symptomatology, and Approaches to Intervention with Children with Disabilities|
|SPED 6290||Affective Development and Behavior Management for Teaching Students with Disabilities|
|CPED 6622||Foundations of Reading Development|
|SPED 6260||Developmental Assessment in Special Education|
|SPED 6262||Formal Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities|
|SPED 6993||Internship: Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (taken for six credits)|
|Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive exam required|
|Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office|
This degree leads to initial licensure in early childhood education with an endorsement in early childhood special education (PreK through 3rd grade) in the District of Columbia.
We invite you to join our diverse, dynamic community and develop the knowledge and skills to weave social justice ethics, culturally responsive practices, strength-based strategies, and disability rights lenses into a robust and equity-focused teaching practice. Please review the following admission and financial information.
Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >
To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-9283.
|Apply Now||Schedule Consultation with Admissions Counselor|
To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.
Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
Statement of Purpose
One Letter of Recommendation
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQs page.
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
|Priority Deadline||Nov 1||Nov 1|
|Round 1 Deadline||Dec 15||Dec 15|
|Round 2 Deadline||Jan 16||Jan 16|
|Round 3 Deadline||March 1||March 1|
|Round 4 Deadline||May 1||May 1|
|Round 5 Deadline||N/A||Aug 1|
$6,000 Grant Opportunity: Newly admitted students to the ECSE Master's program in 2023, who are eligible for scholarships, will receive a $6,000 grant and may receive additional funding through merit scholarships. Learn more about this grant >
We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.
Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.
The tuition rate* for the Master's in ECSE program is $1,870 per credit hour.
This program requires 39 credits.
Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.
*Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024
Scholarships are available to eligible admitted students. Review eligibility requirements and learn more about funding your education >
Within this field, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job growth of 4% over the next ten years1 with better screening and identification of various disabilities in children increasing the demand for special education services. In addition, children with disabilities are being identified earlier and enrolled into special education programs.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Special Education Teachers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm (visited September 08, 2022).
Our graduates are prepared to take on critical roles in the education of students, with or without disabilities, including:
Graduates are prepared to work with children in multiple settings including:
Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies
Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies
Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Special Education and Disability Studies