This certificate offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education. This certificate prepares individuals to work with children with disabilities, birth through age five, and their families.


In addition to the ECED concentration coursework, students must complete mandated state/accreditation assessments. 

The following courses are prerequisites for admission:

ECED 401Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence3
or ECED 501 Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence
ECED 402Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Young Learners, Birth-Age 53
or ECED 502 Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Young Learners, Birth-Age 5
ECED 403Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance3
or ECED 503 Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance
ECED 404Engaging Families of Diverse Learners, Birth – Grade 63
or ECED 504 Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners


Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework equivalent to certificate coursework prior to admission to this program may request that some courses in this certificate be waived. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 12 credits to graduate. 

A grade of B- or better must be earned in all coursework.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-SPEC

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


ECED 505Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
ECED 506Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 511Assessment of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 522Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers3
ECED 523Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches3
ECED 781Seminar in Early Childhood Education3
Select one from the following:6
Internship with Diverse Infants and Toddlers
and Internship in Preschool Early Childhood Special Education
Internship in Early Childhood Special Education Birth - Five
Total Credits24