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OMSECE Special Education Focus Area

Create more inclusive learning settings for young learners.

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Advance Your Ability to Serve Students with Diverse Needs

Elevate your knowledge of special education to better support students with special needs and diverse learners. Add a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) Endorsement and the Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval to your teaching license with three possible tracks based on if you are a licensed teacher or not.

SPECIAL EDUCATION FOCUS AREA HIGHLIGHTS

Our Program is Made For You

This 30-credit hour program can be personalized to your focus on special education.

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High Demand Skills

Sharpen your competitive edge in the marketplace.

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Online Convenience

24-hour online access allows you to make your schedule.

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This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education (ECE) Credential, Levels 2-5, through the Entitled Route.

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Capstone Project

Complete an inquiry project that examines an issue related to educating students with disabilities.

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Your Ideal Program  

Depending on your goals, choose from a 20-month or 3 year program.

Explore a Few of the Focus Area Courses

You’ll take four core courses in early childhood education and development, as well as a specialized sequence of seven courses for children with special needs and diverse abilities.

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Assessment of Children with Special Needs and Diverse Abilities
This course provides students with a basic understanding of assessment of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities from birth through age five.
S412
Communication and Language Delays and Disabilities
This course will focus on typical and atypical communication and language development in children from birth through age five with or at risk for disabilities.
S413
Family and Professional Collaboration in Special Education
This course examines the impact of disability on families who have young children (birth through age five) with special needs.
S411

Hear from Our Faculty

Pamela Epley
Pamela Epley
PhD, Focus Area Leader, Online MS in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education Focus Area
“ Our schools and communities are increasingly diverse in terms of disability and ability levels. Never before have early childhood programs been as inclusive of children with disabilities. We need teachers and early childhood professionals with knowledge and skill in general and special education, prepared to meet the academic and developmental needs of ALL children. ”
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT & SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS

Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

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Further your marketability with our Gateway to Opportunity Credential.

Erikson Institute has partnered with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to be able to provide an entitled application route for the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-5.

Students in the Special Education focus area may seek these additional Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credentials to help demonstrate your content knowledge, skills and experience, especially to potential employers within Illinois. The application process, timing and related costs may vary. Learn more

FAQS

OMSECE Special Education Focus Area FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions.

Illinois licensed teachers, administrators, or other school professionals who are seeking to earn a master’s degree, or just specifically desiring to earn special education endorsements. Early childhood professionals who do not require a PEL seeking to earn a master’s degree in early childhood education and special education.

  • Licensed Teacher Track
    This track is for Illinois licensed teachers, administrators, or other school professionals seeking to earn a master’s degree and add the special education endorsements for birth through 2nd grade; specifically, the LBS1 (kindergarten-2nd grade) and Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval (birth-preschool).
  • Non-Teacher Track
    This track is for early childhood professionals who do not require a PEL seeking to earn a master’s degree in early childhood education and special education.
  • Endorsement-only Track
    This track is for Illinois licensed teachers, administrators, or other school professionals seeking to earn their special education endorsements; specifically, the LBS1 (kindergarten-2nd grade) and Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval (birth-preschool).

Candidates must pass the LBS1 content test in order to add the LBS1 endorsement to their PEL.