Special Education, MA - Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Special Education, MA

Program Delivery


Total Credits

36 Credits

About the Program

Special Education, MA: Inclusive Early Childhood Education

This program is ideal for students seeking advanced professional preparation and research opportunities in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and inclusive teaching.

This emphasis in the Special Education MA degree qualifies students to earn a Colorado Department of Education teaching license/endorsement in Early Childhood Education (age birth to 8 years old) and Early Childhood Special Education (age birth to 8 years old).

Focus of Study

  • Develop new special education knowledge and translate special education and related research into practice.
  • Promote and model excellence in special education practice, including culturally responsive practice, trauma-sensitive care, and learning through play.
  • Use assessment data to plan instruction, monitor student progress, and determine the effectiveness of instruction.
  • Work collaboratively with general educators and communicate in an effective, professional manner with parents, staff, administrators, students, and related service personnel.

Program Requirements

The Inclusive Early Childhood emphasis in the Master of Arts in Special Education requires 36 credits to be completed at the graduate level. Students must complete 9 credits of core classes and 27 credits of emphasis coursework. 

Program Coursework

Term Courses

Fall 1
6 Credit Hours

  • IECE 5010: Inclusive Child Development
  • IECE 5600: Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
Spring 1
6 Credit Hours
  • SPED 5303: Designing Trauma Informed Supports
  • IECE 5500: Collaborative ECSE Assessment and Planning with Families
Summer 1
6 Credit Hours
  • SPED 5001: Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 5010: Multisensory Structured Language Education (substitute for TED5570)
Fall 2
9 Credit Hours
  • LEAD 5700: Introduction to Research and Statistics
  • IECE 6950: IECE Student Teaching and Seminar (6) (licensure option only)
Spring 2
6 Credit Hours
  • SPED 5020: Teaching Students with Significant Support Needs
  • SPED 5000: Disability Studies in Education
Summer 2
3 Credit Hours
  • CURR 5090: Applied Research Project (ECSE focus)

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Details

For additional details on the admission process, please visit the Admission Details page.