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Early Childhood Special Education

Post Baccalaureate M.A.T. Program

Birth - 5 Years

This program is designed to prepare students to work with young children, birth to age five, with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.  The program emphasizes family involvement, inclusive opportunities and collaboration.  Students are prepared to work in school, community, hospital, and home settings providing Early Intervention and/or pre-k special education services.  Students accepted into the Post Baccalaureate Degree M.A.T. in ECSE graduate with course work leading to initial licensure in Early Childhood Special Education.  Course work includes:

♦  Foundations of early childhood education,

♦  Language acquisition and development,

♦  Literacy and reading,

♦  Assessment,

♦  Programming, curriculum and methods,

♦  Classroom and behavior management, and

♦  Collaborative and family centered service delivery.

Field experiences provide students with opportunities to learn and practice skills in working with young children and their families in diverse settings using varied delivery models.

Students accepted into the Post Baccalaureate M.A.T. have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet all admissions requirements for the Graduate School.  Completion of the post-bachelor degree M.A.T. program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and prepares students for initial licensure.  In addition to the required graduate coursework, students may be required to complete prerequisite coursework and co-requisite depending upon their prior academic preparation in order to meet Virginia licensure requirements. 

For more information regarding the application process please visit The Graduate School’s website.

Additional courses beyond those listed below may be required for licensure.  Students who are accepted into the program should meet with their advisor prior to beginning coursework to identify any additional courses that may be required.

ECED 508 - Observation and Study of Young Children - 3

EXED 502 - Nature & Issues of Mild Disabilities - 3


EXED 509 - Characteristics of Severe Disability - 3

EXED 503 - Ed. Tech for Students with Disabilities - 1

EXED 505 - Service Delivery Systems in ECSE - 3

IECE 614 - Individualized Behavior Intervention for Young Children - 3


EXED 510 - Systematic Behavior Intervention - 3

EXED 621 - Trends and Issues in ECSE - 3

EXED 622 - Assessment in ECSE - 3

EXED 623 - Programming in ECSE - 3

EXED 625 - Med. And Tech. Aspects of ECSE - 3

EXED 626 or 627 - Practicum: Infants/Toddlers or PreK- 3

EXED 650 - Student Teaching - 6

Other Courses Required for Licensure

(take as pre-requisites or build into graduate program)

GPSYC 160 - Life Span Human Development - 3

EXED 200/508 - Nature/Issues of Disabilities
   /Exceptionalities - 3

EDUC 300 - Foundations of American Ed. - 3


CSD 540 - Language Development & Disorders for School Personnel - 3

READ 366/566 - Lit. Acquisition/Dev. Of Young
   Reader - 3

TESL 426/626 - Concepts in Lang. Acquisition - 3

Other Requirements for Program Completion/Licensure

During 1st Semester:

√  Develop Program Plan with Advisor

√  Transfer credit forms

√  Teacher Education Application (complete by the start of the 1st Fall semester)

√  Student Teaching Application (complete by due date on ESC website)

√  Tests (by end of program):

    ♦  VCLA

    ♦  Comprehensive Exams


√  Licensure Application

√  Graduation Application (Complete by due date on the Graduate School's website)

The application will open January 15.

Priority review of applications begins March 1.  

Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester. 

Dr. Dani Allen-Bronaugh
Professor Mira Williams


Behavior Specialist Add-On Concentration

This represents the collaborative, interdisciplinary program, between Graduate Psychology and Exceptional Education.  Students who are admitted to an approved special education program have the option to also apply to complete the Behavior Specialist Concentration.  

This concentration is an approved course sequence from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and prepares the student to qualify for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam. 

Admittance to this concentration is additional to the admission to the actual Behavior Analyst certified program and does not guarantee admittance to the BCBA course sequence, which must be applied to separately.  Students are admitted after completing an interview process.

If interested contact:  Dr. Keri Bethune []