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Early Childhood Unified Program


The Master of Education in Special Education-Early Childhood Unified emphasis at Wichita State University is a 33 hour program that prepares teachers certified in K-6 general education for teaching all students ages Birth-3rd grade. The program is designed to develop reflective practitioners who possess both a theoretical understanding and practical skills related to (a) the field of early childhood education, (b) the field of special education for students with both high and low incidence needs Birth- 3rd grade, (c) effective communication and collaboration with families and other professionals, and (d) research-validated practices.

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Program is designed to prepare teachers of young children (birth through grade 3). The ECU program develops reflective practitioners who possess theoretical and practical developmental, educational, communicative, collaborative, and family- and child-centered skills. The ECU Program's advisory committee provides continual guidance to the program to assure that all candidates graduate with the belief that:
• (a) all young children, birth through grade 3 (i.e., children with and without exceptionalities, at every socioeconomic level, from all cultures) are competent, creative and curious learners;
• (b) working with, understanding, and respecting families is a critical component of working with young children;
• (c) development and education are focused for each individual child in terms of the child's relation with the family, other children, teachers, the school community and society at large;
• (d) children must learn through both constructing their own knowledge and by direct instruction;
• (e) the unique needs of all young children must be met; and
(f) programs and services provided are based on law, and scientifically- and evidence-based practices.

The degree program begins with a pre-requisite foundational course and proceeds through methods/assessment courses in three different age levels. These courses are accompanied by three different practicum experiences. The remainder of the program is consists of courses on family collaboration, research, and finally a culminating capstone or thesis project.

Endorsement only option:

If you are only seeking licensure in ECU, you will take only core courses and practica. You can apply for your provisional endorsement after completion of only nine hours of coursework and your first practicum experience!

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