Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.)

Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.)

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You will be prepared to work in a home visit program for parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or as a teacher at a 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 students
  • Complements a variety of undergraduate program backgrounds and professions
  • Includes project-based assignments and extended field experiences 

Program Distinctions

  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
  • Meets education requirements for Minnesota state licensure for education of young children with disabilities for both birth-2 years and 3-7 years

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Priority), August 1 (Final) May 15 July 15 (Priority), August 1 (Final)
Spring November 15 (Priority), January 1 (Final) September 15 November 15 (Priority), January 1 (Final)
Summer May 1 March 15 May 1

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth 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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