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Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

If you have thought about teaching young children with special needs or even directing educational child care programs, then the early childhood education and exceptional needs major could be for you.

ECEEN students develop skills for working with typically developing children as well as children with exceptional needs and their families. Students are prepared to teach in Preschool (includes infants and toddlers) through Grade 3 regular or special needs classrooms.

Students complete a program that prepares them to apply for licensure in Indiana as Early Childhood Generalist and Exceptional Needs through grade three. Students are prepared to work in pre-kindergarten classrooms, early intervention programs, and early childhood regular and special education classrooms through grade three.

Students receive hands-on experience at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School as well as completing a semester as a student teacher in a local preschool program.

Potential Career Options

Upon graduation, an ECEEN student is qualified for teacher certification as an Early Childhood Generalist (Preschool through grade 3) and Special Needs (Preschool through grade 3).

Positions include:

  • public school early childhood or early childhood special education classrooms
  • child care teacher or administrator
  • Head Start teacher or administrator
  • preschool teacher
  • family support specialist
  • special needs service coordinator

Experiential Learning

Several ECEEN courses include practicum components that give students opportunities to develop their skills for working with infants and young children. In their senior year, ECEEN students complete a semester of full-time student teaching that includes normally developing children and children with exceptional needs.

The Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School is a state-of-the-art facility within the department that is used extensively by undergraduate students for observation, practicum, and student teaching experiences.

Potential Graduate School Options

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study