Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (ITL)

Address:

3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States

Phone:

1-800-800-9776

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (ITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Pursue Your MEd in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Prepare to make a positive difference in the lives of those who require early childhood special education (ECSE) by earning your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

This early childhood special education and early childhood education master’s degree program, which leads to initial teacher licensure, is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field. With a master’s in early childhood education and early childhood special education, graduates can learn to transition to a career in education.

This master’s in early childhood special education online and evening degree is offered by the College of Education. Aspiring ECSE teachers closely examine instructional and assessment methodologies, as well as the psychological, emotional and developmental needs of young children. Candidates will explore field experience opportunities in both inclusive learning environments and special education birth to pre-K and K-3 environments. GCU candidates are trained to serve as effective advocates who positively influence children, families and communities in which they teach.

The ECSE curriculum is aligned with the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

GCU Offers the Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Online

GCU provides the convenience and flexibility of earning your early childhood education master’s degree online or in person in the evening. Through a combination of theoretical coursework and practical experiences, the online format allows working professionals to balance their career commitments while advancing their education.

Study Diverse Learning Methods with this Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Master's Degree

Children with learning differences need extra support to reach their full potential. Graduates of this early childhood special education and early childhood education master’s degree program have the opportunity to learn to apply evidence-based pedagogical methods that support young learners as they develop crucial academic and life skills. Students earning a master’s in early childhood education and early childhood special education online degree will acquire the following core competencies:

    Understand instructional methodologies for teaching children STEM subjects, including inquiry-based and hands-on learning activities with an eye toward differentiated learning outcomes
    
    Use technology to support receptive and expressive language, early literacy development and communication methods
    
    Use technology and research-based practices to assess, monitor and report on the progress of young children in light of their IFSPs and IEPs
    
    Know how to teach foundational skills to develop proficient readers
    
    Utilize community resources to advocate for children and their families

In addition, all students are required to complete practicum/field experiences and student teaching experiences in both general education and special education settings.

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Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Degree Graduates

Early childhood education and early childhood special education is the key for giving every child a solid foundation for lifelong success. This master’s in early childhood education and early childhood special education degree can prepare aspiring ECSE teachers to make a positive impact by working with children from birth through the third grade. Graduates may pursue the following teaching opportunities in public or private schools.

    Preschool teacher
    
    Postsecondary education teacher
    
    Kindergarten teacher

    Elementary school teacher
    
    Teaching assistant

1 Retrieved from Intelligent, Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education Degree Programs in April 2023

2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers as of May 2021, retrieved on April 6, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as kindergarten and elementary school teachers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

 3  The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Special Education Teachers as of May 2021, retrieved on April 6, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as special education teachers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, Oct. 4). Special Education Teachers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved April 10, 2023.

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Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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