Master's in Early Childhood Special Education

Our community and educational systems continue to struggle to meaningfully include and meet the learning and developmental needs of all children across learning environments. The GW ECSE MA Program prepares current and future educators and interventionists to address the learning and developmental needs of young children (birth through age eight) with or at-risk for disabilities. In this program, students acquire the knowledge and skills to work as leaders and change agents within schools and community agencies. 

Program Highlights & Details

  • 39 credit hours
  • Can be completed as a part-time or full-time student
  • Classes offered in the evenings
  • Includes supervised practicum and internship experiences in the field
  • Initial licensure program leading to teaching certification in early childhood education with an endorsement in early childhood special education

Highlights

Why a GW Master's in Early Childhood Special Education?

Location: Unique to the the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area, our location gives students in the Special Education & Disability Studies Department access to urban or suburban; public, charter, or private schools. This allows students to examine, compare, and contrast schools with widely different student populations, structures, and demographics.
Licensure: 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.
Internship and Immersion: The program requires two field placements to strengthen knowledge and skills and advance professional interests.
Faculty: Faculty are experts in developmental and educational psychology, behavioral interventions, and special education. In addition to extensive research experience, faculty are nationally recognized educators and clinicians with experience leading innovative work in research and practice across education and health sectors.

Program Goals

Students will:

  • learn how to provide focused instruction and individualized interventions to support young children and their families across home, school, and clinical settings
  • use research-based strategies to meet the needs of developmentally diverse infants and young children
  • be strong advocates for the children and families they serve

 

Curriculum

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 39 credits
Students are assigned a faculty advisor who mentors them in their programs of study.

CORE REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 6114: Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6222: Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
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 in Special Education
CPED 6623: 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

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 39 credits
Students are assigned a faculty advisor who mentors them in their programs of study.

CORE REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 6114 : Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6222 : Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
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 in Special Education
CPED 6623 : 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

 

Faculty

 

Jaffe, Susan Visiting Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies

 

Career Outlook

Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work with children in multiple settings including classrooms, inclusive classes, early intervention programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, public and private child care, the home, hospital settings, and specialized agency programs.

 

Admissions

Program Entry: Summer, Fall
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

 

Practicum & Internship Experiences

Direct experience in the field is a major component of the ECSE MA Program. Students have two field-based experiences, each with an accompanying seminar. Students have opportunities to train across an array of service delivery settings for children between birth and 8-years-old and receive mentorship and guidance from site and University supervisors. Students also complete a capstone action research project during their internship semester.

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page. Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer and Fall 2022 start terms on a rolling basis. The next priority deadline to apply is December 15th. If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact our Admission Office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or at 202.994.9283.

 

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