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.

Degree Requirements

Wichita State University Master of Education in Special Education-Early Childhood Unified consists of 31 graduate hours. The courses include:

Required Courses (14):

  •  SPED 603: Foundations of Early Childhood Unified (2)
  • SPED 614: ECU Assessment and Methods: Infants, Toddlers and Families (3)
  • SPED 617: ECU Assessment and Methods: Preschool (3)
  • SPED 703: ECU Assessments and Methods: K-3 (3)
  • SPED 796: Family and Professional Collaboration (2)

Practicum (select 10 credit hours from the following):

  • SPED 874KG: Internship/Practicum in ECU: K-3 (3-4)
  • SPED 847IT: Internship/Practicum in ECU: Infant/Toddler (3-4)
  • SPED 847P: Internship/Practicum in ECU: Pre-K (3-4)

Research Component (7): 

Choose one:

  • CESP 704: Introduction to Educational Statistics (3)
  • CLES 801: Introduction to Educational Research (3)

Culminating experience:

  • SPED 862: Capstone Research: Project Development (2)
    SPED 863: Capstone Research: Project Comp (2)

Endorsement only option:
If you are only seeking licensure in ECU, you will take only required courses (14 credit hours) and practica (10 credit hours). You can apply for your provisional endorsement after completion of only 9 hours of coursework and your first practicum experience.

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the Master of Education in Special Education-Early Childhood Unified program, you must:

  • Complete the graduate school application 
  • Submit official transcripts with a 3.00 GPA or higher; or 2.75 GPA and official GRE scores of at least 125 in verbal and 153 in quantitative
  • Provide a current teaching certificate/license (or be eligible for a certificate/license) 

MEd in Special Education - Early Childhood Unified < Wichita State University

Applications are evaluated when received. Only a limited number of students are accepted into this program each year.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by visiting wichita.edu/onestop and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.

Background Check

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Master of Education in Special Education-Early Childhood Unified program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.