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Early Childhood Special Education M.Ed.  

36 credit hours
$425 credit hour price

Our early childhood special education master's program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement and assess learning experiences in an early childhood special education (birth through kindergarten) classroom. As a teacher or other professional who understand disabilities, you the opportunity to work closely with students with diverse developmental needs and help them establish a firm educational foundation filled with unique potential. When you decide to pursue a master's in early childhood special education, you have the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of young children and their families.
The 36-hour program includes eligibility for a Nebraska early childhood special education teaching certification for those candidates who hold a valid Nebraska teaching certificate.
In your coursework, you’ll study key topics, including the following:

  • Infant and toddler development
  • Family and culture
  • History of special education
  • Pre-primary education development
  • Education of students with profound special learning needs
  • Inclusive classroom creation

With a flexible online format, you can study at your pace when it’s convenient for you. Our master's in special education can be completed in two years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
To learn more about our endorsement programs and their specific requirements, you can get in touch with an online enrollment counselor.

Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses

NCATE through CAEP

Concordia NebraskaEarly Childhood Special Education Program Distinction

In addition to coursework, each course includes 10 hours of work with young children, providing experience-based learning under supervision and fulfilling the hours required for certification in Nebraska.

Concordia NebraskaEarly Childhood Special Education Core Concepts

The online master's in early childhood special education from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares current teachers to advance their careers as special education teachers for young students, from infancy to kindergarten.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Program Goals


Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning


Understand the ethical principles and practice standards of the profession


Collaborate with families, other educators and related service providers


Understand how disabilities can impact development and learning


Respond to the requirements of individuals with special needs across a range of learning experiences

Concordia Nebraska Early Childhood Special Education: Career Outcomes

Special Education Professional

Responsible for working with students who have special learning needs and mental, emotional and physical barriers to their education. They adapt lessons to meet a student's individual needs.

Inclusion Specialist

Responsible for developing curricula that include students with diverse needs in a traditional classroom, allowing students with various abilities to learn together.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.