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Early Childhood Special Education - M.S.Ed. 
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Early Childhood Special Education - M.S.Ed.

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree with concentration on early childhood special education focuses on issues and best practices in early childhood special education.  The program prepares individuals to work with young children with disabilities and their families in inclusive, collaborative, and natural environments. Graduates will be eligible for the State of Florida Endorsement in Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities (Pre-K ESE). The course of study consists of 30 credits over seven terms (includes two summers).

Funding Opportunity Available 

For eligible applicants, the School of Education and Human Development offers generous scholarships that will substantially reduce tuition. The School makes these awards at the same time as final admissions-decisions are made.
Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2015 for the next cohort, which will begin the week of May 18, 2015. All students must commit to taking 2 courses for 5 consecutive semesters, including 2 summer terms.
Classes meet from 5 PM to 7:40 PM during the Fall and Spring terms and from 4:20 PM to 8:05 PM during the summer terms. The program accommodates working teachers by scheduling the two practicum experiences over two summers, each six weeks. Occasionally, some workshops and meetings may be scheduled on Fridays after 4pm and Saturdays, but no class sessions.
A decision to accept an applicant is separate from a decision to provide that individual with a scholarship. Scholarships worth up to fifty percent (50%) of the University of Miami’s regular tuition are available for qualified applicants in academic year 2014-2015.

Please note, that applicants must hold a teaching certificate. If certification is not in Exceptional Student Education (ESE), then applicant must submit transcript demonstrating having taken a undergraduate or graduate level course in Introduction to Special Education and earning a minimum grade of 3.0.

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Note: Programs, program components, and courses subject to change.

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  Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Core Courses: 30 credits (Required)

TAL550  Language and Early Reading Instruction (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL610  Early Childhood Curriculum Development (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL614  Typical and Atypical Child Development (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL615  Evaluation and Assessment in Infant and Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL616  Intervention Strategies in Infant and Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL617  Working with Children who Exhibit Challenging Behaviors (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL677  Advocacy Project and LEND Rotation (3 credit) ( Req )
TAL678  Practicum with Children with Special Needs (3 credit) ( Req )
TAL680  Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities: Strategies and Medical Issues (3 credits) ( Req )
TAL681  Methods for Communication and Language in Young Children with Disabilities and Adaptive Technology and Computers in Early Childhood (3 credits) ( Req )

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Admissions Contact:
Lois Heffernan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Program Contact:
Maria D. Papazian
Graduate Programs Coordinator
cell 305-519-0877
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