New state and federal directives are driving schools and districts to seek out educators specialized in intervention instruction in the early grades. Lewis University's Early Childhood Special Education program addresses these needs by preparing compassionate and critical early childhood specialists, who are also fully endorsed as special education teachers. This kind of teacher is proving extraordinarily valuable to districts and schools due to their ability to adapt curriculum materials and teaching techniques to successfully meet the needs of all students.
Through Lewis University's Early Childhood Special Education program, you will explore:
Beginning in fall 2014, we will offer a newly revised degree program in Early Childhood Special Education. This degree program uniquely provides you with the ability to teach a much wider population than many other early childhood programs. The curriculum follows below:
Degree Requirements (Beginning Fall 2014)
|I. Core Courses (12)|
|50-510||Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)|
|50-515||Child Growth and Development (3)|
|54-557||Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)|
|50-520||Child, Family, Culture and Community (3)*|
|50-501||Field Experience I: Infant and Toddler Methods - 25 Hours|
|50-502||Field Experience II: Special Needs Observations - 25 Hours|
|II. Synthesis Block (Methods Courses) (30)|
|50-535||Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood (3)*|
|50-546||History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (3)|
|50-524||Foundations of Teaching Reading and Language Arts for P-3 (3)|
|51-510||Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)*|
|53-504||Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)*|
|50-556||Foundations of Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies for P-3 (3)|
|50-530||Assessment and Intervention for Classroom Teachers (3)*|
|50-525||Curriculum, Organization and Methods of Creative Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)|
|50-540||Collaboration and Adaptations for Special Needs in General Education Settings (3)|
|50-501||Field Experience III: Preprimary Methods Pre-K and K - 50 Hours (0)|
|50-502||Field Experience IV: Primary Methods - Grades 1-3 - 50 Hours (0)|
|51-526||Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language (3)*|
|III. Research (3)|
|52-575||Practical Research for Learning Communities (3)|
|IV. Reflective Block (Student Teaching/Clinical) (6)|
|50-581||Clinical Practice/Student Teaching with Seminar (6)|
*English as a Second Language endorsement classes.
Total Credit Hours: 51
If the candidate has documented evidence of successfully completing a pre-service student teaching assignment in a K-3 classroom – the requirement for an eight week student teaching/internship will be waived.
If the candidate has evidence of a successful teaching experience (minimum one year) in a K-3 assignment as the teacher of record, the requirement for an eight week student teaching/internship will be waived.