Improve children’s learning outcomes and expand your teaching career options with a minor in Early Childhood Special Education. Learn assessment, teaching and behavioral management techniques for working with young children with exceptionalities from the University of Central Missouri’s highly respected Special Education program.
In addition to providing skills and knowledge that will enrich your teaching in any field, UCM’s Early Childhood Special Education minor will prepare you for future certification. Once you’ve graduated with your bachelor’s degree and received your initial teaching certification, you can take Missouri’s content assessment for Early Childhood Special Education (Birth–Grade 3).
An in-demand professional specialty
The number of children diagnosed with disabilities and developmental delays has increased sharply in recent decades. A significant percentage of public school students receive special education services, and the nation is experiencing a shortage of educators qualified to work with these high-needs children. Your Early Childhood Special Education minor will enhance your appeal to hiring managers in school districts across the country.
Practical, hands-on experience
Valuable professional specialty
Qualify for ECSE teaching certification
Help young learners succeed
An ideal minor for BSE candidates
UCM’s minor in Early Childhood Special Education will train you to work with children from birth through third grade who have disabilities or developmental delays. You’ll master teaching strategies for different learning styles, learn to assess students’ needs and design curricula to optimally support their development.
When you add a minor from UCM’s accredited Special Education program to your degree, you’ll be taught to the highest standards set by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Our expert faculty will guide you through your first experiences working with special needs children, so you’ll graduate with the knowledge and confidence you need to support young children in multiple learning environments.
Courses you may take for the minor in Early Childhood Special Education include:
The University of Central Missouri has been training educators since our founding more than 150 years ago. We know that hands-on engagement with the material is a crucial component of the best education. In the courses for your Early Childhood Special Education minor, you’ll take part in both clinical and field experiences that will give you opportunities to apply and refine your new knowledge.
Hands-on learning experiences for your minor in Early Childhood Special Education include:
There are not enough special education teachers to meet the increasing need for them, and school districts across the country are eager to hire candidates with special education knowledge and experience. UCM’s Early Childhood Special Education minor will expand your career options by educating you in this in-demand field.
Coursework from this minor will prepare you to sit for Missouri’s assessment for Early Childhood Special Education (Birth–Grade 3). Passing this assessment will give you an additional credential for your teaching certificate and show hiring managers that you’ll bring valuable expertise in Special Education to their district.
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LendEDU has recognized the University of Central Missouri for our commitment to low student debt. We make it possible to obtain a high-quality education at affordable rates. Adding an Early Childhood Special Education minor to your UCM Teaching degree further enhances the value of your education by broadening your career options with a professional specialty that’s in strong demand.
More than 90% of UCM undergraduate students receive financial aid every year. We distribute grants, loans, work-study opportunities and scholarships to help you finance your college education. A financial aid advisor will work with you to determine the best financial aid package for your needs.
In addition to university-wide funding, your major may qualify you for program-specific scholarships. Learn more by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
UCM’s accredited Special Education degree program offers several options for graduate study in the field:
Future teachers interested in adding a Special Education minor with a broader focus may also wish to consider this alternative UCM minor:
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.