Early Childhood Special Education - Graduate Certificate

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of young children (birth to five years old) with developmental delays or disabilities require additional care and services to optimize their growth and development. The need for properly prepared individuals to help these children continues to grow. The early childhood special education (ECSE) graduate online certificate program at the FSU College of Education helps practicing professionals gain additional knowledge and training to better serve the needs of young children with developmental delays and disabilities within the context of their families and caregivers.

This online graduate certificate program in early childhood special education places a particular emphasis on educating individuals on how to meet the unique needs of young children within the context of their families. As such, this certificate program is particularly suited to help early childhood teachers, behavior therapists, speech language pathologists, childcare providers, special educators, and professionals in related disciplines better understand how to serve and work with young children with disabilities and/or developmental delays. Renowned special education faculty members at FSU designed the certificate’s curriculum to address the Council for Exceptional Children’s Early Initial Practice-Based Professional Preparation Standards for Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Special Educators. As such, students in the certificate program will gain expertise in identifying typical and atypical child development, partnering with families, assessing children, and more. Furthermore, students in the early childhood special education certificate program who are already certified teachers will be able to earn the Florida Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Disability Endorsement.

For those interested in receiving additional education, the FSU College of Education also offers an online Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) degree. Individuals enrolled in the master’s program can earn the graduate certificate at the same time during the course of their studies.