Early Intervention/Preschool Special Education Specialist

(Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into this program.)

This 15-credit certificate program is designed for students who are already certified in preschool/primary education and who wish to acquire knowledge and skills associated with high-quality early intervention and preschool special education for young children with disabilities from birth to 5 years of age. Some applicants may need to complete a sequence of prerequisite courses to be fully admitted to this certificate program.

 

Requirements

871.512 COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMMING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
This course focuses on collaboration themes common to various educational settings: interpersonal communication, problem solving, cultural diversity, teamwork, and family systems theory. Students examine techniques that promote effective communication between teachers, school administrators and related professionals, and families of students with special needs. Co-teaching models that work effectively are also discussed. (3 credits)
872.500 SEMINAR: CURRENT TRENDS AND ISSUES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
Beginning students in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program will explore research, policy and practice in the field of ECSE. Students will acquire a broader schema for roles and responsibilities, career planning, accepted standards, contemporary practice, and organizational structures related to ECSE. Students will become familiar with features of national, state, and local ECSE systems. Students will also examine issues related to reform-based preschool and primary special education in Maryland. (3 credits)
872.501 SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS & ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

The first few years of life establish initial patterns of learning, literacy, and behavior, and set the pace for subsequent development. In this course, the emphasis is on the translation of evaluation and assessment information into meaningful outcomes for young children with disabilities. Students will review instruments and procedures for screening, evaluating, and assessing the status of a young child’s cognitive development, physical development (including vision and hearing), communication development, social and emotional development, and adaptive development. (3 credits)

872.502 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM PLANNING AND METHODS: BIRTH-3
Early intervention can have a significant effect on developmental outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. This course will prepare students to support the facilitation of a family-centered foundation for learning and literacy in infants and toddlers. Students will focus on planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for eligible infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Topics include: (a) a survey of curricular options for young children and families, (b) selection of family-centered treatment outcomes, (c) design of instructional activities for promoting developmental progress, (d) evaluation of program effectiveness, and (e) evaluation of family satisfaction with services. (3 credits)
872.514 DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

This course examines typical and atypical development of young children, with a special emphasis on the etiology of developmental disabilities. Biological and environmental influences on young children are explored within the context of family and culture.

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