Careers and Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “employment of special education teachers is projected to grow [six] percent from 2012 to 2022. growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services.”

Elmhurst’s graduate program will prepare teachers to become early childhood or special education educators, as well as developmental therapists. Upon graduation, students will have completed a Development Therapy Internship (250 supervised clinical hours), to receive their Developmental Therapy Credential. This Credential will allow them to work with infants, toddlers with disabilities and their families in Illinois in the Early Intervention System.

All MAT program graduates will also receive an Illinois Professional Educator License with a focus in Early Childhood Education Birth-Age 8. This license will have an Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval and an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement on it. Graduates will be able to teach at several different levels upon graduation.

Elmhurst graduates with a Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education have several career options. Some work as independent developmental therapists in the early intervention system. Others work in public school settings as early childhood special education teachers in classrooms with preschoolers with special needs or as early primary teachers in kindergarten through second grade.

Career Opportunities

  • Developmental Therapists
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
  • Early Primary Teachers
  • Early Head Start and Prevention Initiative
  • Head Start and Child Care

Read more about what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about demand for early childhood special education teachers.

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