Early Childhood & Special Education Major

The early childhood and special education major offers engaging academic courses and hands-on experiences that will prepare you to be an effective teacher.

Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education (ECSE)?

The field of special education is rapidly changing. There is a critical need for teachers who can meet the cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, linguistic and cultural needs of each student in the classroom.

This specially designed major gives you the opportunity to become certified to teach both early childhood (pre-K through grade 3) and special education (birth through grade 3). This comprehensive program offers:

  • innovative and dynamic course work that helps you develop successful instruction and classroom management strategies
  • transformative, real-world experiences through internship placements, offered in multiple school districts throughout the state of Maryland
  • experienced faculty-mentors committed to your success
  • a supportive cohort of fellow Towson University students studying early childhood-special education
  • collaborative partnerships with families, communities and agencies

The Center for Professional Practice connects students to clinical internships. The major will prepare you for a career as an early childhood classroom teacher or as an infant/primary special education teacher.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the early childhood and special education major is selective. Students must meet the university’s requirements for admission to the professional education program and to internships. The ECSE program will begin accepting applications on the dates specified below.

TERM APPLICATION CYCLE OPENING DATE
Spring 2019 ECSE Cohort October 18, 2019
Fall 2019 ECSE Cohort February 21, 2020

SPRING 2020
Program cycle will open at beginning of semester. Program application deadline is October 18, 2019 or until program is full. Interested applicants who meet the requirements may continue to apply after the deadline; they will either be accepted based on availability or may select another available program. The first round of program acceptance notifications will go out on November 1, 2019.

FALL 2020 (All Programs)
Program application cycle will open at the beginning of the semester. Program application deadline is February 21, 2020. Interested applicants who meet the requirements may continue to apply after the deadline; they will either be accepted based on availability or may select another available program. The first round of program acceptance notifications will go out on March 13, 2020.

You can view degree requirements for the early childhood and special education major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Advisor/Office Email Phone
Pre-ECSE Amy Noggle
Hawkins Hall 404A
410-704-4848
ECSE Kandace Hoppin
Hawkins Hall 405G
410-704-3614

Why Towson University?

Program Advantages

  • Towson University’s long history and reputation as an excellent teacher training institution
  • programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education
  • professional development and networking opportunities with alumni in the field through social media and on-campus programs
  • interaction with diverse populations during service-learning activities with students and families
  • technology-rich coursework and internships

Earn Your Degree at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland

Students in northeastern Maryland can obtain a bachelor’s degree in early childhood-special education at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), located on the Harford Community College campus. Earn your bachelor’s degree without leaving Harford County. Read more about undergraduate programs at TUNE, or email program coordinator Toni Guidi, .