This 20-credit certificate is for students who want to have additional proficiency in working with children with special needs. This certificate does not meet the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requirements for teacher certification. All courses transfer into the ECE A.A.S. degree and some courses are also applicable to the ECE A.A.T. degree program.
Graduates of the Early Childhood Special Education Certificate will be able to:
Apply child development and learning theories when choosing developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum for specific and groups of children
Write effective and developmentally appropriate lesson plans
Differentiate lessons and activities for a variety of purposes and groups of children
Demonstrate the skills necessary to communicate effectively with families and the community
Demonstrate the skills needed to be an effective part of an educational team
Plan, implement, assess, and evaluate student learning outcomes and behavioral objectives in a variety of instructional settings
Relate science and mathematical concepts to early childhood curriculum
Apply multicultural principles and strategies to the planning, instruction, pedagogical, and assessment processes in a classroom
Demonstrate the dispositions and behaviors consistent with professional practice and ethical standards as outlined in NAEYC, InTASC, and other current professional standards
Note: All TED courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
Sequence of Study - Early Childhood Special Education Certificate
Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.