Special Education Early Childhood Education
Mostly Online Special Education Early Childhood Education Certificate Program
This program from East Tennessee State University is designed for individuals seeking add-on licensure in Early Childhood Special Education or wanting to enhance their knowledge of young children with disabilities.
This area of emphasis is designed to prepare individuals to teach young children (birth - 8 years) with disabilities and to work effectively with their families. This concentration prepares candidates for Tennessee licensure in early childhood special education.
This program mirrors the special education add-on licensure requirements while also earning a certificate.
All applicable course credits can be transferred into the Special Education Master’s program if admitted.
More information can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Early Childhood Special Education Certificate listing for this program.
Those persons seeking initial licensure in special education who have a baccalaureate degree but are not currently eligible for teacher licensure will follow the program of study designed to meet the state of Tennessee’s teacher licensure requirements within the special education high incidence concentration, low incidence concentration or early childhood special education concentration (ECSE).
Students admitted to the graduate program must successfully complete all applicable tests including the Praxis I and Praxis II. Deficiency coursework may be required, and may be taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level.
Credits to complete this program: 18 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$601 per credit hour||$751 per credit hour||$1442 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
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Applicants who meet the following criteria may be admitted unconditionally. Those who do not meet the criteria may be admitted unconditionally with provisions with deficiencies to be met as stipulated by the program faculty.
- Completion of all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Submission of a 2-page essay outlining past experience with individuals with disabilities and goals for acquiring a certificate in Special Education.
A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Special Education with a concentration in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Advanced Studies in Special Education, may apply up to eighteen (18) credits from the Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education Certificate Program as the certificate program’s coursework aligns with the master’s degree program.
Important information about program costs, education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education at East Tennessee State University is available here.
Steps to Apply
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Certificate," term, then choose Special Education Early Childhood Education and complete the remainder of the form.