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M.S.E. In Early Childhood Unified

M.S.E. In Early Childhood Unified

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Earn skills to make a difference with an early childhood unified education degree

Early childhood education prepares young children for a lifetime of learning. Educators who understand the needs of young children, particularly students who are at risk for and/or disabled, have a strong impact on how children continue to learn as they grow. this early childhood education degree program from KU blends knowledge and skills in early childhood education and early childhood special education, this preparing the early educator to appropriately address all learners' needs including those at-risk and those with identified disabilities. The term "unified" refers to the unification of general education and early childhood special education knowledge and skills with a single early childhood preparation/credential.

An educator with an early childhood unified education degree might apply their skills by:

  • Supporting the learning and development of each and every young child through the strengths-based approaches
  • Working in partnership with families, advocating for equitable access and participation for all children and their families
  • Meeting developmental needs of infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten-age children, including those at-risk for and with disabilities.
  • Working directly with children who have neurobehavioral disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, as well as families, to ensure they have the services and support necessary to reach their educational goals.
  • Providing developmental and educational experiences for children to improve their sensory and physical ability, cognitive development and emotional stability

What careers are available for someone with a master’s in early childhood unified education?

Graduate students who complete this early childhood unified education degree at the University of Kansas will have achieved both a master's degree and have satisfied the requirements for an initial teaching license in early childhood unified in Kansas.

What careers are available for someone with a master’s in early childhood unified?

Is a master’s in early childhood unified right for you?

The master's in early childhood unified* program offered at the University of Kansas teaches early educators to truly understand the complexities and diversity of today’s educational systems. Content and performance goals are aligned with the Kansas teacher licensure standards for the early childhood unified birth through kindergarten (age 6). Completion of the 33-credit-hour sequence leads to a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree with the opportunity to pursue an initial Kansas teaching license.

How is the program structured?

Most courses are hybrid (online & face-to-face class sessions) and offered in both Lawrence and at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. In-person class sessions meet one evening a week, 4:30-7 p.m. Practicum experiences can be completed any semester and may be completed in the student’s current work setting if possible and appropriate.

Early Childhood program requirements

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Why a master’s in early childhood unified from KU?

Quality

  • Experienced faculty
  • KU's Master's in Early Childhood Unified is offered through the KU Department of Special Education, whose program was recently ranked #1 according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Public Institutions.
  • Nationally accredited program under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

Flexible

  • Blended delivery format with both face-to-face and online instruction
  • In-person class sessions held once weekly
  • Practicum experiences may (if possible & appropriate) be completed in a work setting

Useful

  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Addresses interdisciplinary approaches to early education and early childhood special education strategies
  • Emphasizes collaborative and team-based processes that empower families and program staff to work together to support development of young children.

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*This program is a Master of Science in Education degree in special education with an emphasis in early childhood unified.


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