Early Childhood/Exceptional Children, Special Education Teacher (15 credits)


The purpose of this certificate in Early Childhood/Exceptional Children, Special Education Teacher is to prepare educators to teach young children, birth to grade two, who demonstrate a range of exceptionalities. The goal of the certificate is to provide coursework in instructional and family-based assessment and early intervention, skills to collaborate with parents and professionals, strategies and techniques to differentiate instruction, and an understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

Fieldwork/clinical experiences are embedded across the coursework, enabling the teachers to demonstrate mastery the CEC Specialist Standards through performance based tasks.  

Students who satisfactorily complete the coursework described below will qualify (on application to the Office of the Registrar) for a Wilmington University Graduate Certificate in that topic area.  This is not to be confused with a Delaware Department of Education endorsement or certificate to teach exceptional children in any category.  Such endorsements may only be granted by the Delaware Department of Education after all state-mandated requirements are met (e.g., candidates must have passing scores on all tests required by the DE Professional Standards Board; must hold a current Initial, Continuing or Advanced License and DE certification to teach in a specific subject area or grade level).

Please note that Delaware requirements for public school educators are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education.  Wilmington University makes no guarantees that students who complete the coursework outlined below will qualify for state licenses, certificates or endorsements.  Candidate seeking such credentials must submit an application through DEEDS (Delaware Educator Data System).

The most recent information about Delaware licensure and certification requirements can be accessed at the Delaware Department of Education/Professional Standards Board website.  Wilmington University has not made determinations for licensure in states outside of Delaware. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.

Course Requirements

Early Childhood/Exceptional Children Course Requirements (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MSE 7502 Educating Preschoolers with Special Needs

MSE 7603 Assessment of Young Children

MSE 7605 Differentiation of Instruction for Young Children

MSE 7607 Emergent Literacy for Young Children

MSE 7407 Teaming/Collaboration with Families & Communities

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.