Are you looking for an innovative, interdisciplinary program—the only one in the Chicago area that blends the disciplines of early childhood education and special education? Do you want to support children with special needs—as well as their families? Do you want to participate in field experiences right away? Do you wish to work with young children with disabilities at a critical time in their lives, when effective intervention can have a substantial positive impact? Do you want to specialize in early intervention (birth to age three) or early childhood special education (age three through five)?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then you owe it to yourself to learn more about our M. Ed. in early childhood special education.
What You'll Learn
In this program, you will:
A Flexible Format
This is a two-year, part-time program. Classes meet two evenings a week, but observations, field experiences, internships, and student teaching usually require additional daytime commitments. You should plan to adopt a particularly flexible schedule during your second year of study—it may not be possible to maintain a full-time job in the second year.
You can earn your Professional Educator License with a focus in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval with completion of additional coursework and primary student teaching.
Illinois Professional Educator License Option
At Elmhurst College, you can obtain an Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educator License with a focus in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval. The licensure option will allow you to teach in the public schools at the following levels: pre-school (3-5 year olds) with special needs, as well as typical kindergarten through second grade.
To earn the Professional Educator License, students are required to take and complete four exams, three additional courses and an extra eight weeks of student teaching. This work can be completed concurrently with your graduate study, but may extend the program beyond the required two years.
Students must take and complete the following exams:
Students must take and complete the following courses:
Students interested in the licensure option should contact the program director.