Early Childhood, Birth - Grade 2

Program Goals

  1. Develop knowledge of the unique learning needs of young children with special needs.
  2. Develop knowledge of instruction, assessment, and curriculum that support young children with special learning needs.
  3. Develop knowledge of the role of families in supporting young children.
  4. Integrate knowledge into effective collaboration and teaching practice.

Program Director:

Beth Pinheiro
Assistant Professor
Horace Mann 050
(401) 456-8599

Course No. Course Title Credits
Program Pre-Requisites (These credit hours do not count in M.Ed.)
SPED 300Introduction to the Characteristics and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities4
SPED 310Principles and Procedures of Behavior Management for Children and Youth with Disabilities4
SPED 415Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Assessment3

Foundations Component

One course in research methods, chosen with advisor's consent3
One course in multicultural perspectives, chosen with advisor's consent3
Professional Education Component
SPED 513Orientation to the Education of Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 516Programs for Young Children with Disabilities3
SPED 517Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 525Development of Communication and Movement3
SPED 544Families in Early Intervention Programs: Essential Roles3
SPED 561Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 668Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood3
SPED 669Internship in Early Intervention3
Comprehensive Assignment Exam0

Total Credit Hours


Research methods (Choose one course below)

SPED 648Interpreting and Developing Research in Special Education3
ELED 510Research Methods, Analysis, and Applications3
Multicultural Elective (Choose one)
SPED 551Urban Multicultural Special Education3
TESL 549Sociocultural Foundations of Language Minority Education3
FNED 502Social Issues in Education3
FNED 520Cultural Foundations of Education3

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