Early Childhood Education - Special Needs, M.Ed. | University of New Hampshire | Durham, United States
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Early Childhood Education - Special Needs

12 months
27810 USD/year
27810 USD/year
14170 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The early years are critical for nurturing young children who are at risk for or have developmental difficulties and special needs. In the master’s degree in Early Childhood Education - Special Needs from University of New Hampshire, you’ll learn about the diverse backgrounds and development of young children, constructing appropriate learning environments and curricula.


You’ll study the role of the family, community and social policy in early development and intervention, and learn how to take a noncategorical approach to assessment and educational planning. Your studies will culminate with a one-year field-based internship in an inclusive education setting.

The Master of Early Childhood Education - Special Needs program from University of New Hampshire is an advanced course of study for teachers, administrators and early childhood practitioners who wish to improve their professional competence and broaden their career opportunities in the area of special needs. You may complete electives to add teacher certification and, with additional targeted coursework, be recommended for teacher licensure as an Early Childhood Special Educator. 

Dual certification in early childhood education and early childhood special education is also available. The curriculum content of the program is keyed to National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) guidelines for advanced graduate programs, along with New Hampshire State Teacher Certification standards.

Career Areas 

  • Childcare 
  • Curriculum consultation 
  • Early childhood program administration 
  • Early childhood teachers and team leaders
  • Early intervention 
  • Instructional coordination 
  • Residential facility administration 
  • Special needs education 
  • Staff development coordination

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Designing Curriculum for Inclusive, Equitable Settings for Young Children (birth-8)
  • Diversity and Child Development
  • Socio-cultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
  • Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum for Young Children with Special Needs: Evaluation and Program Design
  • Advocating for Diverse and Inclusive Family-School-Community Partnerships

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 required
  • Test Scores: Praxis Required
  • Personal Statement/Essay Questions
  • State and Federal Background Check
  • All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27810 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    27810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27810 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14170 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14170 USD for the full programme during 12 months.


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