Working with children from birth through eight years old, the early childhood special educator can choose to engage directly with children who have disabilities and their families or may collaborate with other professionals. Settings for service delivery include public and private school special education classes , inclusive classes, early intervention programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, public and private child care, the home, hospital settings and specialized agency programs. Students are offered the opportunity to train in age-related subspecialties of preprimary, birth to age five, or primary school age, K - grade 3. Our program is approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children.Program graduates possess knowledge and skills in the specific content areas recommended by NAEYC and DEC: child development and learning; curriculum development and implementation; routine-based intervention in natural environments; family-centered services deliver models; child assessment, evaluation, and progress monitoring; cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity; and field-based practicum and internships.
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