Early Childhood Special Education B.S.

Next Start Date January 10, 2022


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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education

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The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education in the College of Education and Human Services provides students with the foundation and skills to be successful early childhood educators who can create an inclusive environment where learners from all backgrounds thrive. This fully online program allows you to complete all coursework and classroom field placements in your home community. The degree encompasses the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children in the family and early childhood contexts. It is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers working with children with special needs. The program leads to certification in pre-K special needs.

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  • Online Asynchronous
Start Dates
  • January 10, 2022
  • May 16, 2022
  • August 17, 2022
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The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education is an online program at West Virginia University that prepares students to earn a teaching certification in pre-K special needs upon graduation. The courses will include, but are not limited to: human development; classroom pedagogy; special education (e.g., IEP development, due process, disability categories and characteristics); implement formative and summative assessments; utilize formal assessment data to inform lesson planning; self-reflection; technology in the classroom; and a variety of placements.

Due to the online nature of the program, we will work with you in completing your field and residency experiences in your home county.

The BS in Early Childhood Special Education is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers working with children with special needs. The program encompasses understanding family systems and dynamics, as well as the development of children and adolescents. It is also an excellent program for students who wish to pursue careers in family, youth, early childhood, early childhood special education and extension services, or for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in a social science field.

Major Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Implement high-quality early childhood special education services in traditional and inclusive settings
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues surrounding early childhood special education and inclusive education
  3. Provide a developmentally appropriate classroom setting for Pre-K students by:
    • Constructing a positive and enriched early childhood environment where all children can develop skills for lifelong learning
    • Planning developmentally appropriate activities for diverse learners in an inclusive setting
    • Developing data-driven instruction from effectively implemented formative, summative, and formal assessments
  4. Advocate for children, parents, the profession, and promote and engage in lifelong learning
  5. Summarize knowledge and skills from the curriculum and profession to apply in the classroom setting
  6. Describe the legal and professional standards required of teachers in inclusive settings
  7. Reflect on one’s knowledge and skills of teaching and interacting with young children

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