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Special Education In Early Childhood

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This course helps prepare participants to support the development and learning of young and diverse students with special needs. Participants learn the basic foundations and principles of early childhood special education, including diagnosis and monitoring, ethics, and assessment. Best practices for classroom management, behavior modification techniques, and effective ways to communicate with families are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Transition into Early Childhood Special Education Services

    • Develop an individualized education program with measurable goals and objectives.
    • Identify developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that focus on a student’s needs and interests.
    • Outline the process for service coordination and transition from an individual family service plan to an individualized education program.
    • Identify appropriate assessments and progress monitoring tools for students transitioning into an early childhood special education classroom.

    Social and Emotional Concerns

    • Determine techniques for classroom management that promote social and cognitive development of students in early childhood special education.
    • Describe methods to help students with emotional and behavioral challenges.
    • Develop a functional behavior analysis and behavior intervention plan.

    Motor, Language, and Academic Skill Development

    • Sequence typical motor development.
    • Analyze the stages of language development.
    • Outline the development of literacy and math skills.
    • Discuss the role of related services in the development of motor, language, and academic skills.

    Collaboration and Consultation

    • Analyze the interpersonal skills needed for effective collaboration and consultation among professionals and families.
    • Describe the ethical responsibilities in teaching early childhood special education.
    • Develop strategies for communicating with families.
    • Generate effective approaches when working with students and families from diverse backgrounds.


    • All course objectives apply.

    Foundations and Trends

    • Describe the history and principles of early childhood special education.
    • Analyze laws and policies that affect early childhood special education.
    • Identify factors that affect early childhood development and learning.
    • Explain evolving trends in early childhood special education.
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