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Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education - Graduate Certificate

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This program 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.

Program Of Study

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.

Admissions Requirements 

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.

  • Have minimum scores on one of the following:
    • 22 composite on the ACT (21 before 1989)
    • 1020 on the SAT (920 before April 1, 1995)
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core or each Praxis I subtest-Reading, Math, and Writing

  • 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 an advanced degree in Special Education.


Tuition Information


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094


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