Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

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.

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

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 Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners3
or ECED 502 Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners
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

Policies

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

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24

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

Coursework

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