Graduate Program

Master of Science - Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program is designed to prepare students to work in home-visiting programs with parents and their infants and toddlers with disabilities, from birth to age three, or as teachers in childcare and preschool programs for children with disabilities, from birth to age six. The ECSE program is guided by soccial-ecologial and transactual philosophies that support the interactive nature of child-environment exchanges, and their importance to children's ongoing developmental progress. This philosophy is woven throughout the ECSE program.


Plan A: 32 Credits

Plan B: 36 Credits

1.Research Core: Required Plan A. 18 cr.: Plan B. 3-9 cr.

ED 615 Introduction of Research, 3 cr.

CEEP 678 Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 cr.

CFS 621 Research Methods: Child/Family, 3 cr.

CFS 699 Thesis (Plan A only) 6 cr.

2. Child and Family Studies Core: Plan A. 18 cr.: Plan B 21 cr.

CFS     611      Foundations of Early Childhood Educ./Early Childhood Spec Ed., 3cr.

CFS     521      Development of Young Children, 3 cr.

CFS     631      Development of Infants and Toddlers, 3cr.

CFS     522      Families; Theories and Strategies, 3 cr.

CFS     632      Analysis of Families w/ children w/ disabilities, 3 cr.

CFS     633      Methods: Young Children with Disabilities, 3 cr.

CFS     643      Methods: Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, 3 cr.

CFS     608      Developmental Screening and Assessment, 3 cr.

CFS     605      Issues and Topics in Early Childhood, 1-4 cr.

CFS     505      Selected topics in Child and Family, 1-4 cr.

CFS     560      Student Teaching: Prekindergarten, 1-4 cr.

CFS     515      Foundations of Parent/ Family Education, 3 cr.

CFS     625      Methods of Parent/Family Education, 2 cr.

CFS     635      Parenthood and Adult Development, 2 cr.

CFS     645      Working with Parents in Group, 2 cr.

CFS     636      Fathers in Parent Education, 2 cr.

CFS     627      Home Visiting, 2 cr.

CFS     506      Early Literacy in Inclusionary Settings, 3 cr.

CFS     513      Guidance of Young Children, 3 cr.

3. Specialization Block: Early Education: Plan A. 8 cr.: Plan B. 12 cr.

CFS     680      ECSE Infant/ Toddler Student Teaching, 2-4cr.

CFS     681      ECSE Preschool Student Teaching, 2-4 cr.

SPED 520      Characteristics of Students w/ physical,Health & Dev.Disabilities, 3cr.

SPED 505      Behaviors Theories and Practice in Special Education, 3 cr.

CSD    568      Introduction to Children’s Language, 3 cr.

Additional courses may be needed for teaching licensure, contact you advisor.

NOTE: A minimum of half of the credits must be at 600 level.

St. Cloud State University Catalog


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