Early Childhood Special Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Special Education

UMF prepares caring teachers, competent educators, and confident professionals, grounded in the arts and sciences, who will become the educational leaders of the 21st century. The Early Childhood Special (ECS) Education program prepares students to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings. The program focuses on child development, with an emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs.

This nationally accredited (NCATE) program features four years of intense, hands-on experiences. UMF faculty, working closely with nearby schools and agencies, provide real-world opportunities for students. Students, faculty, and supervising mentors work together, applying theory to practice. Students draw on specialized campus resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and the Kalikow Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula.

ECS graduates work with young children, birth through age eight (with and without special needs) and their families in a variety of settings.

Students in the ECS major can select from one of three options:

  • Option I (Birth to 5 certification): Coursework and field experiences leading to Maine Teacher Certification, Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to School-age Five).
  • Option II (Birth to 5 and K-3 certification): Coursework and field experiences leading to Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to School-age Five) and Endorsement 029: Early Elementary (Kindergarten through grade 3).
  • Option III: Coursework and field experiences leading to a degree in Early Childhood Special Education without teacher certification.

What Courses Might You Take?

ECS 103 Introduction to Teaching Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 203 Supporting Young Children in Inclusive Settings
ECS 275 Intermediate Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 304 Supporting the Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Their families in Natural Environments
ECS 374 Linking Assessment with Program Planning and Intervention
ECS 476 Assessment for Young Children At-Risk for Disability

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of CT, MA, NH and RI through the New England Regional Student Program.