MA, Early Childhood Special Education

Study Format Online
Program Length 30 credits*, 24 months


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Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher.

Learning Objectives

  • Build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of early childhood special education
  • Examine issues relevant to the early intervention, least restrictive environment, appropriate educational settings, language development, and special education law and policy.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate assessments and teaching strategies for young children with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders, including parents, community, family members, and other institutions to support young children with disabilities.
  • Conduct research to answer questions related to early childhood special education practices and successfully meet the needs of all learners.

Program Requirements

  • Early Childhood Certificate/Endorsement or LBS 1 Endorsement
  • Hold a professional educator license
  • Completion of 30 credit hours of course work


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