The Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE) is a two year program that offers field and course work for students interested in working with young children (birth – age eight) with special needs and their families. This program is designed to prepare teachers to be leaders in the field, school, and community. Graduates may apply for Washington teacher certification in Special Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education (P-3). Download the application checklist here.
Graduates of this program work in a variety of early learning programs, early intervention programs, and public schools, with a diverse groups of students and families. Graduates will have:
- Expertise in evidence based practices for young children with and at risk for disabilities, and their families.
- Skills for supporting and collaborating with families, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Effective strategies for providing instruction to young children with disabilities.
- Collaboration skills necessary for working on interdisciplinary teams.
Field experiences are a key component of this program. Students work with a range of children and families in early intervention (birth to three), preschool, and elementary school placements in the Puget Sound area, under the mentorship of cooperating teachers.