Teacher Education / Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 6) B.S.Ed.*
*Dual Certification: Birth-Grade 3 General Education; Birth-Age 6 Special Education
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSP) program is designed to provide students with the perspectives and skills necessary to work with all young children from birth through grade 3 and their families in a range of family-centered, culturally responsive, inclusionary and developmentally appropriate settings. These include the abilities to:
- Promote children’s learning and development within natural environments and/or inclusive settings;
- Recognize and respect the diversity of family structures, preferences, and participation levels;
- Offer instructional practices that are guided by and sensitive to the family and child, supported by meaningful assessment information, and linked to developmentally and/or individually appropriate curricula;
- Foster collaborative relationships with family members, peers of the same discipline, and individuals across disciplines.
The ECSP program builds upon the early childhood competencies obtained through the Birth-Grade 3 Early Childhood program and involves a large field-based component which makes significant use of the wide array of early intervention and early childhood services and supports within the campus community (UVM Campus Children’s School and Trinity Children’s Center) as well as throughout the local community and region.
ECSP students complete both a sequence of professional courses related to early childhood and early childhood special education as well as a content concentration focusing on the disciplines of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
The ECSP Professional Preparation sequence begins with a series of course work that build the foundation and skills for any educator working with young children and/or their families. EDEC 001 provides an introduction to the field of inclusive early childhood education as well as considerable opportunity to practice techniques for observing young children’s development. Observational skills are an essential component of the ECSP program since an awareness of children’s interests and unique styles of learning form the basis for the development and provision of appropriate educational experiences for young children. HDFS 060 examines the context of development and in so doing establishes the foundation for recognizing that development is an interdependent and intertwined process. ECSP 105 explores individualized practices for diverse learners in inclusive early childhood settings. During EDEC 122, students explore multiple models of early education, family-centered practices and the Vermont Learning Standards. EDEC 063 serves to introduce students to the basic principles and research findings in the discipline of child development and how this knowledge can form the basis for educational practice.
Next students fulfill their first practicum. EDEC 101and EDEC 103 focus on content and methods in working with infants and toddlers from a social-constructivist perspective. EDEC 103 provides students with a practicum experience at the Campus Children's School and/or other diverse community based settings with infants and toddlers. EDEC 139 and EDEC 140 focus on content and methods in working with pre-school aged children from a social-constructivist perspective. EDEC 139 provides students with a practicum experience at the Campus Children's School and/or other diverse community based settings with preschools. Over the course of these practica, students, under the supervision and mentorship of classroom teachers, gradually assume more responsibility for all aspects of the curriculum and environment, as well as contact with families. The "K - 3 block" consists of EDEC 156, EDEC 181, EDEC 182 and EDEC 179. Through this integrated, hands-on learning experience, students pursue coursework in kingergarten - grade 3 content and methods and complete an interdisciplinary practicum in a K-3 classroom in a community public school context.
As the program progresses professional course work becomes increasingly focused on learning to design services and supports for young children with diverse abilities and their families. ECSP 202 focuses on the characteristics of and interventions for infants and toddlers who have disabilities and their families. The course reviews the nature of these disabilities and the strategies that are used for interventions. ECSP 211 covers the various assessment strategies that are used in early childhood special education to help determine eligibility, priorities, resources, concerns of the family, and strengths and areas of growth for the child; the most effective ways to best support the child’s developmental and educational growth. ECSP 210 focuses on curriculum planning to meet the needs of preschool aged children with disabilities and their families.
The ECSP Professional Preparation sequence is completed with two student teaching experiences, one in general education and one in special education. EDEC 187 is a full-time student teaching experience working with children Birth - Grade 3, based upon student career goals. EDEC 188 is a seminar that accompanies and provides students further support as they complete their student teaching experience and portfolio. ECSP 187 is a student teaching experience working with young children with diverse abilities (ages 0-6) and their families. ECSP 220 is a seminar that accompanies ECSP 187 and provides students further support as they complete their student teaching experience in special education.
The course of study consists of a minimum of 123 credits.
Early Childhood Special Education
|University General Education Requirements|
D1 - Race and Racism in the U.S. (EDTE 056)
D2 - The Diversity of Human Experience (EDSP 005)
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with a "SU" designation
Any course with a "QR" designation
|CESS General Education Requirements|
|Arts and Letters||3|
|Humanities - a course beginning with the subject prefix:||3|
ARTH, ARTS, ASL 001, CLAS, FOREIGN LANGUAGE, HST, Literature, MU,PHIL, REL, or THE
|QR: Elementary School Math|
|QR:Fund Cncpts Elm School Math|
MATH 015 or higher, STAT
|Physical and Biological Sciences - a course beginning with the subject prefix:||3|
|HST 011||US History to 1865||3|
|or HST 012||US History since 1865|
|POLS 021||American Political System||3|
|EDEC 001||Intro Early Care & Education||4|
|EDSP 005||D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil||3|
|HDFS 060||Family Context of Development||3|
|EDTE 056||D1:Lang Policy Issues,Race&Sch||3|
|ECSP 105||Individlzd Prac for Inclusion||3|
|EDEC 063||Child Development||3|
|ECSP 202||D2:EI for Infants and Toddlers||3|
|ECSP 211||Assessment in EI/ECSE||3|
|EDEC 122||Culturally Responsive Educatn||3|
|Praxis Core Requirement 1|
|EDEC 101||Inclusive Pedagogy in ECE||3|
|EDEC 103||Early Childhood Practicum||4|
|ECSP 210||Curriculum in ECSP||3|
|EDEC 139||Collaborative Internship, ECE||4|
|EDEC 140||Curriculum Development in ECE||3|
|EDEC 156||K-3 STEM: Math for Meaning||3|
|EDEC 179||K-3 Interdisciplinry Practicum||6|
|EDEC 181||K-3 Inquiry||3|
|EDEC 182||K-3 Literacy||3|
|EDEC 187||Early Childhood Studnt Teachng||12|
|EDEC 188||Student Teaching Seminar||3|
|ECSP 187||Student Teaching Practicum||9|
|ECSP 220||Seminar in EI/ECSE||3|
|Concentration Requirements 2|
|English Language Arts - courses with the subject prefixes:||9|
ASL, CSD, ENGS, LING, or WLIT
|Science - courses with the subject prefixes:||9|
|Social Studies - courses with the subject prefixes:||9|
ANTH, EC, GEOG, HST, POLS, or SOC
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (or equivalent test) must be passed for a student to progress into the courses below
These courses often double-dip with general education requirements