Through the major in early childhood special education, students learn about the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of young children, with and without special needs, and their families. Students graduating with this major are eligible to be recommended for Alabama Class B certification to teach children with diverse needs (P-3) as well as Alabama Class B certification in early childhood education (P-3).
Experimental learning activities, assessment and practicums are provided for students on and off campus through the Office of Clinical Experiences. On-campus facilities providing structured practicums include the Child Development Laboratories and the Rural Infant Stimulation Environment (RISE) Program. These programs provide opportunities for students to work with infants, toddlers and children who have a broad range of special needs. In addition, all students who major in early childhood special education will complete supervised practicum and internship experiences in diverse public school settings.
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General Studies: 60 hours
Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.
In addition to the required general studies, students in this program must complete nine additional hours of mathematics and four additional hours of science for a total of 12 hours in each area. Twelve hours in both English language arts and social science are required.
CAT 200 Computer Education Application is required.
See general studies requirements listed earlier in this section. The following exceptions apply:
- Area II: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
- Area IV: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
- Area V: From those courses listed in option 2, CAT 200 Computer Education Application and CAT 250 Computer Educ Curric Devel should be selected.
|Complete 60 hours||60|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||60|
|Students must earn grades of C or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. The University of Alabama GPA — and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA — must be at least 2.75 in these courses:|
|BEF 362||School, Culture, and Society||3|
|BEP 305||Educational Psychology||3|
|SPE 300||Survey Spe Accomd Stratg||3|
|SPE 304||Instructional Strategies Spec Ed||3|
|SPE 479||Intern In Early Childhood Spe||12|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||24|
|Dual Certification Teaching Field|
|The University of Alabama GPA — and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA — must be at least 2.75 in these courses:|
|CD 226||Lang & Speech Develop||3|
|CEE 380||Teaching Elem Math||3|
|CRD 369||Foundations of Reading Instruction for Early Childhood and Elementary Children||3|
|CRD 400||Teach Readg Diverse Learn K-12||3|
|HD 202||Child Dev-Infancy/Todlr||3|
|HD 205||Child Dev-Preschool||3|
|SPE 374||Parenting Children||3|
|SPE 414||Collaborative Consultatn||3|
|SPE 435||Behavior Management||3|
|SPE 471||Dev Persp Young Child W/ Disab||3|
|SPE 476||Assessment Of Young Children||3|
|SPE 477||Differentiated Acad. Instruct||3|
|SPE 478||Meth Teach Yng Child W/ Disb||3|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||39|
Types of Jobs Accepted
Birth–3rd grade special education teacher, prekindergarten–3rd grade elementary education teacher, early interventionist, case manager
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Lead teachers, instructional facilitators, cooperating master teachers, school administrators (principals, special education supervisors, directors of non-profit organizations)