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Early Childhood, Birth - Grade 2

Program Goals

  1. Develop knowledge of the unique learning needs of young children with special needs.
  2. Develop knowledge of instruction, assessment, and curriculum that support young children with special learning needs.
  3. Develop knowledge of the role of families in supporting young children.
  4. Integrate knowledge into effective collaboration and teaching practice.

Program Director:






Sequences of Study

Current M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leading to ECSE Certification (through 2013-2014 academic year)

Course No. Course Title Credits
Program Pre-Requisites (These credit hours do not count in M.Ed.)
Special Education 300, 310 or their equivalent and an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education are required by Rhode Island Department of Education for certification in early childhood special education.

Foundations Component

One course in research methods, chosen with advisor's consent3
One course in multicultural perspectives, chosen with advisor's consent3
Professional Education Component
SPED 415Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Assessment3
SPED 513Orientation to the Education of Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 516Programs for Young Children with Disabilities3
SPED 517Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 525Development of Communication and Movement3
SPED 544Families in Early Intervention Programs: Essential Roles3
SPED 668Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood3
SPED 669Internship in Early Intervention3
Comprehensive Assignment Exam0

Research methods (Choose one course below)

SPED 648Interpreting and Developing Research in Special Education3
ELED 510Research Methods, Analysis, and Applications3
Multicultural Elective (Choose one)
SPED 551Urban Multicultural Special Education3
TESL 549Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education3
FNED 502Social Issues in Education3
FNED 520Cultural Foundations of Education3

Total Credit Hours

30

Important Note: This sequence of classes will be changing after the 2013-2014 academic year. This restructuring of course sequence and content was made to better match the new regulations from RIDE and the changing demographics in the field of early childhood. The new M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leading to ECSE Certification is provided as a one year program of study or a two year program of study.

New M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leading to ECSE Certification (1 year sequence)

Course No. Course Title Credits
Program Pre-Requisites (These credit hours do not count in M.Ed.)
SPED 300Introduction to the Characteristics and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities (Fall, Spring)4
SPED 310Principles and Procedures of Behavior Management for Children and Youth with Disabilities (Fall, Spring)4
SPED 415Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Assessment (Fall)3

Core Course for M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education

Spring
SPED 513Orientation to the Education of Young Children with Special Needs (Hybrid: May - June, starting in May, 2014)3
Summer (Research Methods elective, choose one)
ELED 510Research Methods, Analysis, and Applications3
SPED 668Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood3
Fall (starting 2014)
SPED 668Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood (200 hours M-Th, days)3
SPED 516Programs for Young Children with Disabilities3
SPED 561Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 525Development of Communication and Movement3
Spring (starting 2015)
SPED 669Internship in Early Intervention (200 hours M-Th, days)3
SPED 544Families in Early Intervention Programs: Essential Roles3
SPED 517Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities3
Summer (Multicultural elective, choose one)
SPED 551Urban Multicultural Special Education3
TESL 549Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education3
FNED 502Social Issues in Education3
FNED 520Cultural Foundations of Education3

The Inclusive Preschool Internship placement (SPED 668) and Early Intervention Internship placement (SPED 669) will serve as the site used to complete artifacts for SPED 516 (fall) and SPED 544 (spring). Previously, SPED 668 was a 6 hour credit course that included internship at both sites. Now, it will be broken into two courses: SPED 668 and SPED 669. *Note. For students who are already working full time in either EI or IPK, their workplace site may be acceptable for Internship, if it is consistent with the sites used for SPED 668 and SPED 669. It may require an observation by RIC ECSE faculty to make this determination. For those students for whom the work site is unacceptable for SPED 668 or SPED 669, the internship could be completed in the summer, provided acceptable sites can be located.

New M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leading to ECSE Certification (2 year sequence)

Course No. Course Title Credits
Program Pre-Requisites (These credit hours do not count in M.Ed.)
SPED 300Introduction to the Characteristics and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities4
SPED 310Principles and Procedures of Behavior Management for Children and Youth with Disabilities4
SPED 415Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Assessment3

Year one - summer (starting 2014)

SPED 513Orientation to the Education of Young Children with Special Needs (starts in May)3
Research Methods elective (choose one course below)
SPED 648Interpreting and Developing Research in Special Education3
ELED 510Research Methods, Analysis, and Applications3

Year one - fall (starting 2014)

SPED 668Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood (200 hours M-Th, days)3
SPED 516Programs for Young Children with Disabilities3

Year one - spring (starting 2015)

SPED 544Families in Early Intervention Programs: Essential Roles3
SPED 669Internship in Early Intervention (200 hours M-Th, days)3

Year two - summer

Multicultural Elective (choose one)
SPED 551Urban Multicultural Special Education3
TESL 549Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education3
FNED 502Social Issues in Education3
FNED 520Cultural Foundations of Education3

Year two - fall

SPED 525Development of Communication and Movement3
SPED 561Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders3

Year two - spring

SPED 517Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities3

The Inclusive Preschool Internship placement (SPED 668) and Early Intervention Internship placement (SPED 669) will serve as the site used to complete artifacts for SPED 516 (fall) and SPED 544 (spring). Previously, SPED 668 was a 6 hour credit course that included internship at both sites. Now, it will be broken into two courses: SPED 668 and SPED 669. *Note. For students who are already working full time in either EI or IPK, their workplace site may be acceptable for Internship, if it is consistent with the sites used for SPED 668 and SPED 669. It may require an observation by RIC ECSE faculty to make this determination. For those students for whom the work site is unacceptable for SPED 668 or SPED 669, the internship could be completed in the summer, provided acceptable sites can be located.

For All Programs:

Comprehensive Exam is taken in the fall or spring semester after all classes with SPED content have been taken. Students are required to sign up for COMP exams with the administrative assistant of the Special Education Department and his/her advisor.

Page last updated: September 27, 2013