Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.)

Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.)

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

The Early Childhood Special Education program will prepare you for work in a home visit program for parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or as a teacher public or private preschool program for children with and without disabilities. Your learning will be guided by philosophies that support the interactive nature of child-environment exchanges and their importance to children's ongoing developmental progress. You will learn assessment, evaluation, child intervention strategies and family interaction strategies, to aid you in identifying and providing services for young children with disabilities. Master's candidates will learn critical skills in research and comprehensive literature review. 

Program Highlights

  • Student candidates gain experience in early intervention and early childhood special education. 
  • Designed for part-time or full-time student candidates.
  • Student candidates come from a variety of undergraduate program backgrounds and professions.
  • Program includes project-based assignments and extended field experiences. 

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Rolling) May 15 (Rolling) July 15 (Rolling)
Spring November 15 (Rolling) September 15 (Rolling) November 15 (Rolling)
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Methods

On-campus Online Distance Satellite Campus Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. JoAnn Johnson

Popular Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Childcare teacher
  • Hospital program provider
  • Home visit provider 

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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