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Early Childhood Option, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Special Education is a rapidly growing career field. This program will prepare you to be a highly trained professional who provides instruction and services to children and youth with disabilities.

Why choose Special Education at UCM?
Option 3: Early Childhood Special Education

  1. A national shortage of well-trained, qualified special educators assures our graduates ample teaching positions in Missouri and across the nation.
  2. UCM's Student Council for Exceptional Children chapter is one of the largest and most active student CEC chapters in Missouri.
  3. UCM's programs are fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE),

What will I study?

  1. Students will gain knowledge and skills from programs centered around the Professional Standards and Competencies established by the Council for Exceptional Children, and meet the Missouri coursework requirements for teacher certification in Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical disabilities.

Courses include:

  1. Community and Family Resources
  2. Perceptual Motor Training for Students with Disabilities
  3. Behavior Management Techniques
  4. Methods of Teaching Students in ECSE

Related areas of concentration:

  1. Cross-Categorical Disabilities
  2. Severely Developmentally Disabled

What can I do with a degree in Special Education?

  1. Work with children with disabilities from Birth to Grade 2 in school and community settings.


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How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.

In special education, there is the opportunity to be involved in UCM's Student Council for Exceptional Children chapter.

About our Faculty:
The student-to-faculty ratio at UCM is 19 to 1, which allows professors to get to know students and provide personalized attention.

UCM's Special Education faculty includes five full-time instructors who have extensive backgrounds in the public schools as teachers and administrators. All faculty members hold positions of leadership in state, regional and national organizations related to individuals with disabilities.

Learn more about Special Education at UCM:
Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development

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