The early years of a child's education are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Formalize your efforts and desire to help children develop essential skills by earning your Master of Education degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University.
If you are passionate about helping young children achieve important developmental milestones and find great joy in fostering a patient and understanding learning environment, this clinical program will help you on your path. Successful completion of this program prepares you for New Hampshire state licensure in Early Childhood Education (pre-K - grade 3) and Early Childhood Special Education (birth - age 8).
This full-time, New Hampshire-based clinical M.Ed. with dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education will prepare teacher candidates for certification in NH and will ensure that educators have the required skills, competencies, knowledge, and dispositions specifically needed to support the development and learning of students in Early Childhood Education (pre-K - grade 3) and Early Childhood Special education (birth - age 8). This competency-based, iterative program will provide evidence-based research and clinical opportunities that will be analyzed, evaluated, and refined during the Clinical Experiences I, II, III and IV, for a total of 44 weeks of clinical experience.
In the M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education program, you'll focus on the unique characteristics and developmental tasks of young children, including cultural, social, affective, biological and cognitive factors that affect learning in early childhood.
In the M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd at SNHU include:
SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within two weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply complete our online application form.
Earning your master's in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education can prepare you for a variety of careers. Graduates often teach in public schools (pre-K - grade 3), operate daycares or preschools, direct an early childhood education program, and work on policy issues related to early childhood education.
Demand for early childhood education/early childhood special education professionals is increasing due to a continued focus on the importance of early education and number of children who require childcare or early intervention. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating job growth for preschool teachers will increase 7% through 2024. Employment for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6% through 2024.
The master's in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education is a full-time, 36-credit, competency-based iterative program in the state of New Hampshire, involving 44 weeks of clinical experiences and completed in 15 months. Students are required to complete the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Application during the Gateway I. This includes successful completion of ECE 609, ECE 611, EDU 631, criminal background check, and passing PRAXIS CORE Scores.
The Early Childhood Education program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. The Early Childhood Special Education program is in the final stages of being approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
SNHU requires a passing score on the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam for students seeking a recommendation for certification in General Special Education, even if the exam is not otherwise required by the NH Department of Education.
Total Credits: 36
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