Brandman University’s Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education Credential is designed for candidates who want a career working with infant, toddler and preschool age children with identified special needs. The curriculum provides educators of young children with advanced methods and strategies for working with learning, development and behavior disabilities. The program focuses on social skills instruction and environmental arrangement to support developmentally appropriate social behaviors. In accordance with CTC standards, candidates are required to complete at least two sessions of Directed Teaching.
What Jobs Can I Get with My Credential?
These passionate professionals assist their students through cultivating collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary teams that include families/guardians/caregivers, community members, and educational personnel. They must reflect the value of and knowledge about children and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences. They need the ability to think outside the box and incorporate appropriate technology to accommodate students’ individualized needs.
Educators specializing in early childhood special education typically work with both public and private preschools and childcare centers. Sites may include public schools, their homes, or the home of the child in their care. Many proactive preschools and childcares offer year-round education/services for children with special needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool level special education has the rate of 16% growth, which is highest in the field . The childcare giver field is steadily expanding as the importance of early childhood education is becoming more recognized in the industry . Experts believe that earlier identification and better screening of various disabilities in children are leading factors to the growing need. Brandman’s credential helps candidates stand out and meet the demand for Early Childhood Special Education Specialists.
Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:
Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format (please see MAT degree program for details).
*Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to Master's degree programs
Prerequisites (17 credits)
|PSYU 323||Child Development||3|
|EDUU 513||Student Health and Safety||2|
|EDUU 551*||Educational Application of Computers I||3|
|ECED 303||Child Growth and Development||3|
|ECED 303||Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language and Literacy||3|
|ECED 330||Dual Language Learners and Their Families||3|
* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted upon successful completion both subtests of the CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).
Core Courses (15 credits)
|EDUU 510||Introduction to Teaching||3|
|EDUU 511||Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling||3|
|EDUU 512||The Art and Craft of Teaching||3|
|EDUU 602||Positive Behavioral Supports||3|
|EDUU 603||Communication, Language and Literacy||3|
Emphasis Area (18 credits)
|EDUU 639||Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDUU 665||Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDUU 666||Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDUU 667||Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDUU 668||Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education||3|
|EDUU 669||Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education||3|
Clinical Practice (10 credits)
|EDTU 594||Directed Teaching (Infant and Toddlers)||3|
|EDUU 544||Student Teaching Seminar I||2|
|EDTU 595||Directed Teaching (Preschool)||3|
|EDUU 545||Student Teaching Seminar II||2|
|Total Program Credits (not including Prerequisites):||43|