Early Childhood and Special Education MEd
Temple University’s Master of Education in Early Childhood and Special Education puts you on the path to earning advanced credentials plus a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. This master’s degree earns you Temple’s recommendation to receive the instructional certificate. It also helps you develop the expertise to earn dual certification to teach pre-kindergarten to 4th grade children with and without special educational needs.
In addition to conventional theory and techniques in reading/literacy, math, science and social studies instruction, you will learn how to educate students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. The study of learning processes allows students to understand individual differences in intelligence, cognitive development, self-regulation, as well as their role in learning. Whether a child has autism, ADHD, or another special educational need, you will acquire the expertise to help them overcome it by
- assessing the child’s educational needs,
- creating inclusive classroom settings and practices,
- developing appropriate instructional strategies, and
- managing the classroom through positive behavior support.
Your coursework will also help you
- gain a firm foundation in the theory of child and adolescent development,
- get a solid overview of the problems educational psychologists address, and
- master the techniques for teaching English to children who speak other languages.
Your master’s degree program culminates with a capstone course, an assessment practicum, and a semester of full-time student teaching. By the time you earn your degree, you will have the knowledge to pass the state exams for conventional early childhood education PreK–4 instruction and special education PreK–8 instruction. In addition, Temple will recommend you for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.