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Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education

Emphasis of the Program:

Graduates will be prepared to obtain MN licensure for ECSE. Candidates will have the necessary foundation to work with infants and toddlers and young children with disabilities ages birth through the age of six. Licensure to teach is a professional program. Formal application for admission to the Education Program is required during the sophomore year. A minimum GPA of 2.8 from all colleges and universities attended along with other requirements are included in the Teacher Education Packet available in the Education Department.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates who earn an ECSE license teach in an Early Childhood setting work with at-risk children and their parents (birth through 35 months) in a home-based setting and teach children identified, as having special needs ages 3-6 years in an early childhood setting. Working with birth to 3-year-old children will give you the opportunity to collaborate with the child’s parents as well as service providers and work hand-in-hand assisting with the growth of the child. It is an opportunity that benefits not only the child, but the family as well.

Required Education Courses

The professors are very helpful in the Special Education Department at SMSU. If you have any questions they are willing and able to help you either in person, in their office, or over email. They are here to support us so that we can be the best teacher we can be and that is shown by how much they care about us. If you every have any questions make sure to ask because they want to help you!

Hannah, Early Childhood Special Education graduate

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