Special Education, MA or M Ed (Early Childhood Education)
Master of Arts Degree or Master of Education Degree in Special Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education
Why Pursue This Program
The online Special Education MA or M Ed with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program (ESCE) prepares students to support excellent outcomes for young children birth to age 5 with special needs and their families.
Students choose the Special Education, MA or M Ed programs with a specialization in Early Childhood Education because:
- The program offers a master's degree in ECSE that can be completed with or without the pursuit of the ECSE teaching endorsement.
- The program offers coursework leading to the completion of the requirements for initial teaching certification in Nebraska.
- The flexible online format allows busy professionals the opportunity to learn from dedicated faculty members.
- The collaborative learning experience allows students to gain insight from colleagues across the country.
Whether the student is an entry-level or experienced educator in the field of early intervention, this program will increase their ability to provide services for young children with delays/disabilities and their families that are:
- Developmentally appropriate
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.
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.