Special Education, Graduate Endorsement (Early Childhood Special Education)
Graduate Endorsement in Special Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) (Birth to K)
Why Pursue This Program
The online Special Education, Graduate Endorsement with specialization in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) (Birth - K) program prepares students to support excellent outcomes for young children birth to age 5 with special needs and their families.
Students choose this program because:
- The collaborative learning experience allows them to gain insight from colleagues across the country.
- The flexible online format allows busy professionals to learn from dedicated faculty members, in their time.
- Graduates of this program will be able to apply for teaching positions as preschool classroom teachers for children with and without disabilities or as a special educator in itinerant consultant or coach roles in homes, community childcare, preschool or public school settings.
The Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-K) endorsement is available to two types of candidates:
- Candidates with a teaching certificate. The add-on endorsement is for the candidate with a valid teaching certificate in either Elementary (K-6), Early Childhood Education (Pre-3), Inclusive (Unified) Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 3) or Special Education (K-6).
- Candidate without a current teaching certificate. Students without a current teaching certificate may combine these endorsement requirements with additional courses and field experiences to earn an Initial Teaching Certificate in Nebraska along with a master's degree. In this case, students must be admitted to the master's degree program in special education.
Note: The early childhood special education (ECSE) endorsement from the Nebraska Department of Education can be met through the ECSE graduate certificate or master's degree program. It is not a degree or graduate certificate option by itself.
Career Outlook: Special education teachers engage with children and youth that have a wide variety of disabilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for Special Education Teachers will grow by about 8% from 2016-2026. Although most special education teachers work in public schools, some find jobs in the private sector taking care of special needs children in childcare services and other institutions. Graduates of this program will be able to apply for teaching positions as a preschool classroom teacher for children with and without disabilities or as a special educator in itinerant consultant or coach roles in homes, community childcare, preschool or public school programs.
More about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders:
The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities.
The vision is that every individual with special needs will:
- Achieve maximum potential for learning.
- Communicate autonomously.
- Enjoy optimum health and well-being throughout the lifespan.
Students have the ability to choose to:
- Take one or a few classes of interest.
- Pursue the teaching endorsement or graduate certificate.
- Complete a graduate degree.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.