Make a lasting difference in the lives of young children with special needs by guiding them at a crucial time in their development. An Early Childhood Special Education degree from the University of Central Missouri leads to state teacher certification. Not only will you be able to teach in PK–3 classrooms state-wide — you’ll also be qualified to provide at-home early intervention or center-based services for children up to age 3 through Missouri’s First Steps program.
UCM’s Special Education Teaching degree, with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education, will train you to assess young children for disabilities and developmental delays. Once you’ve identified their unique challenges, you’ll be able to work as part of a family and team of professionals to fully meet their complex needs and help them learn appropriate subject matter and social skills.
A high-quality, well-respected Special Education degree
Our accredited Special Education programs meet the highest standards. When you major in Special Education at UCM, you’re earning a credential respected across the state and beyond. Our Early Childhood Special Education degree program prepares you to meet the challenges of this rewarding career with confidence and enthusiasm.
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UCM’s Early Childhood Special Education degree program provides a well-rounded college education along with training on working with young children with special needs. Many classes offer hands-on experience in local schools. Your coursework for the major in Special Education for early childhood may include:
The University of Central Missouri has been training educators since our founding more than 150 years ago. We’ve learned that experience is indeed often the best teacher, and as a major in Special Education for Early Childhood here, you’ll benefit from our focus on hands-on learning. With our small class sizes, our close-knit campus community and caring mentorship from our expert faculty, you’ll thrive as a student and as an individual:
A UCM Early Childhood Special Education degree leads to Missouri state licensure. This teaching certification qualifies you to work with and educate children who have developmental delays or disabilities, from birth through third grade. You’ll be able to work in self-contained early childhood special education classrooms (pre-kindergarten through third grade) as well as in other school and learning environments, including the home.
One of the most effective ways to work with very young children with special needs is through Missouri’s First Steps program. Providing early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities is the best way to set them up for future success.
Your bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education is an ideal qualification for working with First Steps. Transform families by helping their children learn essential skills, including crawling, eating, talking and playing.
Early childhood special education careers
Use our interactive tool below to learn more about job trends and salary potential for UCM graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education.
The University of Central Missouri is committed to offering high-quality education at accessible rates. Our Early Childhood Special Education degree program, fully accredited and respected across the state, is one of the best value programs in the country.
To assist you with financing your college education, UCM offers dedicated financial aid advisors and a variety of programs, including work-study, loans, scholarships and grants.
We distribute financial aid to more than 90% of our undergraduate students. These robust, university-wide resources are augmented by program-specific awards. As a major in Special Education in the Early Childhood concentration, you may be eligible for these additional funds:
Learn more about scholarships specific to UCM’s Special Education programs by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
To maximize your career options with a Special Education Teaching degree, consider returning to UCM for a graduate degree:
If you’re interested in a bachelor’s degree in Special Education but would like to work with a wider range of ages, consider an alternative major in Special Education:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.