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Special Education (Concentration in Early Childhood)

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Special Education (Concentration in Early Childhood) program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a sequentially planned series of courses and clinical experiences designed to prepare individuals to work with young children, from birth through age 5, with developmental disabilities and their families. 


Program goal

The Special Education (Concentration in Early Childhood) program at Virginia Commonwealth University prepares graduates for work in one of three areas: early childhood, severe disabilities or general education. Applicants who do not already hold a teaching license must meet both licensure and degree requirements prior to the awarding of the Master of Education degree unless exempted as a professional from another discipline. Teacher candidates should plan carefully with their adviser to ensure that the appropriate courses and experiences are completed. Successful completion of the degree program leads to endorsement in early childhood special education, severe disabilities or special education-general education.

The courses are delivered using a blend of online and face-to-face formats. The program is learner-centered, innovative, interactive and collaborative. Through online discussions and face-to-face meetings with faculty members, community partners, student peers and program graduates, the ECSE teacher candidates have multiple opportunities to engage in interactive, proactive and dynamic dialogues.

Successful completion of the degree program qualifies candidates for teacher licensure with endorsement in early childhood special education by the Virginia Department of Education and initial early intervention certification. Candidates are prepared to intervene with infants and young children representing a wide range of abilities, including those at risk for developmental delays. As a result of training, candidates will be prepared to serve children and families in diverse and high-need communities in a variety of early intervention roles. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or six semesters of part-time study.

In addition to course work, candidates create an electronic portfolio to showcase their knowledge, skills and dispositions in the special education early childhood curriculum.

Student learning outcomes

  • Learner and learning: Understand human development and learning theory appropriate to the age group they will teach and acquire an awareness of the diversity of the school-age population in cultural backgrounds and styles of learning
  • Content: Demonstrate knowledge of the subjects they will teach
  • Instructional practice: Demonstrate an ability to plan and implement effective teaching and measure student learning in ways that lead to sustained development and learning
  • Professional responsibility: Develop an understanding of purposes for education and a defensible philosophical approach toward teaching and demonstrate professional dispositions

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers
  • Democracy, Equity and Ethics in Education
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Instructional Methods and Programming for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Theories, Assessment and Practices in Literacy Development for Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • Behavior Support of Individuals with Disabilities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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  • National

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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