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M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education

36 credit hours

We offer the lowest-priced online M.Ed. in Nebraska and the Concordia University System.

Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators $340 PER credit hour

$425/credit hour rate outside of Nebraska

Through our Lutheran Guarantee, Lutheran Educators from around the world qualify for our special rate.

Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses

Accreditation
NCATE through CAEP

Time to Degree
24 months

Earn your master’s degree in early childhood special education at your own pace. 

Are you a new graduate looking to complete your education path toward special education teaching certification? Are you an experienced teacher seeking to create a more inclusive learning environment for students with diverse learning needs? No matter your motivation for pursuing an early childhood special education master’s to help underserved students, we’re here to support you.

At Concordia University, Nebraska, we strive to be a supportive home, fostering growth for educators of all kinds. Here, you’ll find supportive classmates who will work with you, help you develop your God-given talents and pray with you.

 As an aspiring special education teacher, you need a master's in early childhood education program taught by veteran educators who have experienced the challenges and rewards of the classroom. They are experts in how to effectively individualize learning plans for students with special needs while maintaining an inclusive environment for all learners.
You need a graduate program that’s built around the sometimes challenging scheduling realities of the modern educator, who must balance the work of a career and studies. You need a flexible program that you can take at your own speed, as life allows.

Concordia Nebraska’s online master’s degree in early childhood special education is designed from a Lutheran, Christian perspective, to meet all of these needs at an affordable price that’s competitive with many public college programs. Study under our experienced program faculty and take the eight-week online courses at whatever pace best fits your life.
 

Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education Program Highlights

The master’s in early childhood special education online program at Concordia Nebraska is one of the top programs in the state. Here’s a look at ways our curriculum stands out:

A master’s in early childhood special education with value(s): Earn your online master’s degree in early childhood special education at a university where your learning is rooted in Lutheran values and ethics.

Real-world experience: Our online master’s degree in early childhood special education requires 100 hours of direct experience in the field, enabling you to apply what you learn to your own classroom. We’ll work with you to arrange practicum experience at a school in your region.

A convenient enrollment model: Each course in the master’s in early childhood special education program is just eight weeks long. This gives you the flexibility to take as few or as many courses at once as life allows. Earn your online master’s degree in early childhood special education at your own speed.

Intimate, supportive learning environments: Concordia Nebraska designs our courses with students’ needs in mind. To enable you to build meaningful relationships with your professors and peers, we limit online class sizes to no more than 20 students per course.

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Meet the Faculty for Your Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Program

Meet your professors in the early childhood special education master’s program at Concordia Nebraska.

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Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education Careers

Earning your online master’s degree in early childhood special education at Concordia Nebraska will provide you with all the knowledge and training you need to gain certification in a highly secure job in the teaching field.
Demand for early childhood special education teachers is high, greater than the demand for most other types of primary and secondary school teachers. In many areas, schools are seeking new teachers with degrees that include special education endorsements.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, special education teachers are slightly better compensated than the average educator, with most special education teachers making nearly $62,000 per year. But that’s only one rewarding aspect of the role.

If you’re interested in educating students with diverse needs in the classroom with forward-thinking, inclusive methods and being an asset for students with need, then a master’s in early childhood special education online could be right for you.

Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education Online Program Curriculum

Our early childhood special education master’s program equips you to design, implement and assess learning experiences in a special education classroom for students of preschool and kindergarten age. Our online master’s degree in early childhood special education program combines convenient online courses with practicum experience in the field. You’ll gain the confidence and capabilities to work closely with students who have diverse developmental needs. You’ll also help them establish a firm educational foundation filled with unique potential. While you’re helping children in your community grow, you’ll also grow as an educator.

Upon completion of Concordia Nebraska’s master’s in early childhood special education online program, which includes 100 hours of field experience, you’ll be eligible for certification as an early childhood special education teacher in the state of Nebraska, provided you have a valid teaching certificate.

Here are some of the topics you’ll learn about before heading into a classroom in your area to gain direct experience:

  • 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

Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education Program Goals at Concordia Nebraska

We work hard to ensure that all our students are completely prepared for all facets of addressing the unique learnings needs of certain children. Before you complete your master’s in early childhood special education, we’ll make certain that you’ve absorbed the knowledge and practiced the skills necessary to enjoying a long career supporting the learning needs of the kids who need it most. 

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Be able to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with disabilities can become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions and self-determination

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Understand how disabilities can interact with development and learning, and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with disabilities in inclusive settings

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Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to personalize learning for individuals with disabilities in inclusive settings

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Use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions in inclusive settings

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Select, adapt and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance the learning of individuals with disabilities in inclusive settings

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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

Financial Aid for the Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Online

Concordia Nebraska strives to remain an affordable place for teachers from around the country to pursue career-advancing education via our flexible, online master’s degree in early childhood special education program model. We may be a private Lutheran university, but our tuition rates are often competitive with those of public colleges.

We are committed to supporting our graduate students as much as our undergraduates. We offer a variety of need-based and merit-based financial aid options that can help make it easier to pursue a master’s in early childhood special education online.
 

Concordia NebraskaEarly Childhood Special Education FAQs

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.

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An early childhood special education master’s is just one of the many graduate degree and certificate programs we offer at Concordia Nebraska to help educators advance in their careers. If you’re interested in expanding your professional capabilities as a teacher and leader in your school, check out some of these related programs:
 

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