Children with Special Needs - Child Development Master's Focus

(46 credit hours)

Prepare to work with children with special needs and enter a high-growth, high-demand area of child and family services. This concentration will provide you with the skills needed to work effectively with young children with developmental delay/disabilities and their families in early education, community, and home environments.

You will gain knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Identifying possible developmental delays/disabilities.
  • Planning and implementing appropriate instructional or intervention strategies.
  • Working with other disability-related professionals (e.g., therapists, paraprofessionals, medical professionals, school personnel).

This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-6, through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways application and provide documentation of your academic and professional experiences. Requirements, timing and related costs may vary.