When you decide to become a special education teacher, you choose a life of purpose, impact, and making difference. Special education teachers have the unique opportunity to work closely with students with disabilities and establish meaningful and long-lasting relationships with them.
The NCATE- accredited Master of Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis offers the knowledge and skills you need to design, implement, and assess learning experiences for an early childhood special education (birth through kindergarten) classroom. The 36-hour program of study includes eligibility for a Nebraska early childhood special education teaching certification for those candidates who hold a valid Nebraska teaching certificate
Concordia offers the M.Ed. program in a cohort format: a small group takes the same classes at the same time. By learning alongside fellow educators, you will foster life-long, professional relationships and earn invaluable peer support. Classes are offered online. Students will finish the program in two years.
Understand how disabilities can interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with disabilities.
Be able to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with disabilities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.
Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with disabilities.
Use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions.
Be able to select, adapt, and use repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with disabilities.
Use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.
Be able to collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with disabilities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with disabilities across a range of learning experiences.
The next start date for Early Childhood Special Education is Monday, May 1.
Early Childhood Special Education
With your M.Ed. from Concordia University, Nebraska, you'll be equipped to make a difference in your classroom and the lives of your students.
Whether you're most comfortable studying with a group of peers in class, at your own pace from the comforts of your home, or a mix of both, we offer you the choice between on-campus, online or hybrid course options.
We provide you with options so you can earn your degree in the way that works best for you.