Master in Early Childhood Special Education

Course Offerings

MEC 500 History and Theory of Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, and Early Childhood Special Education (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
The focus is on the historical and philosophical developments in the care and education of typical and atypical children from birth through eight. The legal basis of services for young children and current social issues and legislation are studied. Students are introduced to the range of children served and services provided in a variety of settings. Includes clinical component.

MEC 502 Early Childhood Speech and Language Development (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
The focus is on the developmental sequence of language acquisition. Origins and characteristics of atypical language development, diagnosis procedures, and intervention of language disorders in young children are studied.

MEC 505 Typical and Atypical Development of Infants and Toddlers (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Major theories of psychosocial development are presented. Personality is traced from birth through age three. Sensorimotor developmental patterns are presented. The interrelated nature of development and the characteristics of and influence of disabilities and risk factors on development are studied. Clinical component.

MEC 511 Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
Theories of interpersonal relationships, parenthood as a developmental process, and cultural influences on child rearing are included. Family-centered service, planning, problem solving, and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) are studied. Clinical component.

MEC 515 Observation and Assessment of Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
A developmental approach to observation and assessment of typical and atypical infants/
toddlers is highlighted. Students focus on underlying developmental processes in cognitive, language, motor, or social/emotional development. Students learn to assess strengths as well as needs. Selected screening and assessment tools are examined. The involvement of families in assessment and collaborative goal setting is stressed. Clinical component.

MEC 520 Early Intervention Methods and Team Practices (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
The focus is on philosophy, goals, and clinical approaches of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Family-focused intervention practices and medical aspects are included. The development of collaborative team processes among professionals and families and the implementation of the IFSP are investigated.

MEC 525 Field Experience in Early Intervention (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
Includes a 7-session family-mentor seminar.

MEC 526 Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
Includes a 7-session family-mentor seminar.

MEC 540 Practicum and Seminar in Early Intervention (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
This practicum provides a 250-hour supervised experience in early intervention programs and services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and handicapping conditions and their families. A supportive, collegial seminar designed to foster self-reflection and professionalism is regularly scheduled.

MEC 550 Typical and Atypical Development of Preschoolers and Primary Children (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
The developmental tasks of the preschool and school-age child are the focus of this course. Development in physical, motor, and sensory domains; psychosocial dimensions and health issues are presented. The impact of a disability upon development, the family system, and implications for educational programming are studied. The range of individual differences and disabilities is presented. Clinical component.

MEC 555 Child, Family, and Community Relationships (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
The interdependence of culture, family, and child is a focus of this course. The impact of children with special needs upon families is discussed. Planning family-focused interventions and developing strategies for working collaboratively with parents in a variety of settings is examined. Clinical component.

MEC 560 Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
A developmental approach to observation and assessment of young children. Students assess children’s strengths and needs as they study uses and limitations of tests and diagnostic approaches. Observation strategies and instruments used will center on the individuality of the child, his/her growth, trends, and development. Practical applications for identification, placement, program planning, and development are examined. Clinical component.

MEC 565 Early Childhood Special Education Methods and Team Practices (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course focuses on inclusion practices, curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation for young children. Transition strategies are investigated. It includes play and developmentally and individually appropriate practices. Debilitating medical conditions and management and the uses of adaptive and assistive technology are examined. The development of collaborative team processes among professionals and families and the implementation of the IFSP and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) are investigated. Clinical component.

MEC 570 Practicum and Seminar in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (5 semester hours; 1.25 course credits)
This practicum provides supervised experiences in sites offering programs for infants and toddlers, and preschool children with special needs. A supportive, collegial seminar designed to foster self-reflection and professionalism is regularly scheduled.

MEC 590 Research in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Designed to provide an understanding of different approaches to research and the application of research to practice. Significant works of research in the field will be examined and discussed. Students will design a research study or write a paper.

MEC 595 Statistics (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
Statistical methods applied to economic and social data. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, and regression. The uses of statistical methods and presentation of data in early childhood special education research will be examined.

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