Early Childhood Special Education

Associate in Science

The Early Childhood Special Education Associate in Science degree program provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Graduates should be able to screen and identify the unique needs of preschoolers and their families and define early intervention services needed to address those unique needs. The graduate will be able to describe and plan a flexible, interactive curriculum for preschoolers with disabilities in the regular classroom. This program will familiarize students with major laws affecting special education.

The Early Learning Center at the Long Wharf Campus, along with preschool programs in the Greater New Haven area, offers laboratory facilities to students. One associate degree and one certificate option is available in the Early Childhood Special Education program. Courses taken as part of either program can be transferred to any of Connecticut’s participating baccalaureate institutions that offer Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification programs: University of Connecticut’s Human Development and Family Relations major and Charter Oak State College’s Child Studies concentration. The terms for credit award and student eligibility vary. However, in general, students must meet the following transfer eligibility requirements:

  • Be a graduate from a validated associate degree program in Early Childhood Education in Connecticut
  • Meet specific admission requirements of the college or university into which transfer is being sought
  • Complete all associate degree Early Childhood Special Education courses with a grade of “C” or better and meet the college’s or university’s requirements for transfer of general education
  • Complete all associate degree Early Childhood Education student teaching with a grade of “C” or better in a center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Furthermore, if a student wishes to transfer into an Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification program, it is strongly recommended that, prior to transfer, he or she demonstrate the following state certification requirements:

  • A score of 1000 or better on the SAT, successful completion of the Praxis I examination, or have initiated the process of taking the Praxis I examination
  • A 2.7 grade point average if seeking admission to a teacher certification education program in Connecticut.

 

 

Certificate

The Early Childhood Special Education certificate program provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Graduates are able to screen and identify the unique needs of preschoolers and their families and define early intervention services needed to address those unique needs. The graduate can describe and plan a flexible, interactive curriculum for preschoolers with disabilities in the regular classroom. This program familiarizes students with laws affecting special education.

Contact:

Dr. Earnestine B. Kirkland
Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2189
ekirkland@gatewayct.edu

For scholarship information, contact CT Charts-a-Course at (800) 832-7784

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