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Early Childhood Unified (Birth-K)

Early Childhood Unified Program Curriculum

KU's early childhood unified master’s degree program blends knowledge and skills in early childhood education and early childhood special education thus preparing the early educator to appropriately address all learners' needs including those at-risk and those with identified disabilities. View the master's degree program advising form here (pdf).

Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of our students, most courses are hybrid (both asynchronous on-line & face-to-face class sessions) and offered in both Lawrence and at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. When face-to-face each class meets one evening a week (i.e., 4:30pm to 7:00pm). Student teaching experiences can be completed any semester including summers and may be completed in the student’s current work setting if appropriate. Completion of the 33 graduate credit hour sequence leads to a Masters of Science in Education with initial Kansas teaching license in ECU birth through kindergarten. 

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
SPED 752 Overview of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education 3
SPED 750 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood 3
SPED 755 Inclusive Strategies and Interventions for Preschoolers 3
SPED 731 Supporting Children with Significant Learning and Behavioral Concerns 3
SPED 854 Family and Interprofessional Collaboration in Special Education 3
SPED 734 Inclusive Strategies and Intervention for Infants and Toddlers 3
SPED 753 Assessment in Early Education 3
SPED 739 Early Childhood Unified Student Teaching/Practicum: K/Pre 3
SPED 739 Early Childhood Unified Student Teaching/Practicum:Infant/Toddler 3
EPSY 715 Understanding Research in Education 3
SPED 898 OR SPED 899 Master's Project OR Master's Thesis 3
  Total Program Hours 33

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