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Special Education Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in Peabody College of Vanderbilt University prepares masters level special educators to work with young children from birth through Grade 3 (0-8 years) with a range of disabilities or at-risk for disabilities due to poverty or other environmental or genetic risk factors. These children and their families are served in their homes or other natural environments, in early childhood settings or in elementary school classrooms through Part C or B services. These children and their families are the recipients of early intervention and preschool services; thus, the program addresses families as key stakeholders in ECSE.

Early Childhood

The ECSE M.Ed. is a 2 year program which includes:

  • Foundational coursework in ECSE;
  • Specialized coursework in instructional and family-based assessment and intervention;
  • Field experiences in early intervention classrooms, preschool public school classrooms, and consulting with parents and professionals;
  • Conducting an applied research thesis;
  • An option to enroll in course work and internships that prepare students to apply for BCBA certification

Graduates will be prepared for positions as ECSE teachers, itinerant and consultant teachers, parent support and training personnel, and leaders in their programs and school districts. They will have:

  • Expertise in evidence-based practice as it relates to young children with and at-risk for disabilities and their families
  • Skills for supporting and working with families, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Strategies for providing instructional support to young children with disabilities and their families
  • Training to consult with and support other early childhood personnel related to intervention and assessment with children who have disabilities and their families
  • Preparation to consume, apply, and generate research related to practices with young children with disabilities and their families.