Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Early Childhood Special Education

The Education Specialist Credential in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is designed to prepare professional educators to provide quality early intervention and early childhood special education to young children, birth to 5, who are at risk or have disabilities and their families. The credential emphasizes the importance of involving parents as partners in intervention and prepares candidates to be respectful of the dynamics and values of families. ECSE views children as active participants in their learning, and trains candidates to use evidence-based and developmentally appropriate practices to foster children’s growth and development in home-based and inclusive settings. In addition, ECSE prepares candidates to collaborate with professionals in other disciplines to meet the individual needs of children and families. Coursework and fieldwork are closely integrated to facilitate the application of theory to practice.

Early Childhood Special Education Credential Coursework

Category I: Core Courses

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, Collaboration, Technology & Instructional Planning 3
SPED 747 Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments 3
SPED 774 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 801 Development, Diversity and English Language Learners 3
SPED 825 Behavior and Instructional Supports; Autism; or SPED 791 Nature of Autism Disorders 3
Health Education Elementary School Health (e.g. H ED 630 - offered through Continuing Education CEL) or approved course substitution 3

Category II: Early Childhood Special Education Methods Cluster

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 737 Infant Intervention 3
SPED 738 Preschool Intervention 3
SPED 777 Development and Learning of Young Children with Disabilities 3
SPED 779 Family Systems and Services for Young Children with Disabilities 3
SPED 780 Assessment and Program Evaluation in ECSE Setting 3
SPED 885 Advanced Topics in Special Education 3

Category III: Student Teaching

Infant/Toddler

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 729 Student Teaching Workshop - ECSE 1
SPED 730 Student Teaching in Special Education 3 or 9

Preschool

Course # Course Title Units
SPED 729 Student Teaching Workshop - ECSE 1
SPED 730 Student Teaching in Special Education 3 or 9
Total Units: 50
Additional CTC requirements for Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • CPR (online course not acceptable) - must cover infant, child and adult CPR
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement