Major in Early Childhood Special Education
Offered by Saint Louis University's School of Education
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in early childhood special education
- Minor in Catholic education
Saint Louis University Early Childhood Special Education Degree Overview
Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in early childhood special education teaches you to recognize special learning needs or disabilities in children and to discover alternate methods of teaching. If you choose to major in early childhood special education at SLU, you will learn about the intellectual and emotional development of children 8 years old and younger. You will also explore ways to create an environment that allows all children to thrive.
Teaching practica, classroom observations and student teaching are integrated into the curriculum at SLU's College of Education and Public Service. Throughout the early childhood special education program, you will spend a significant amount of time in local public or private schools.
To be accepted into Saint Louis University's teacher certification program, students must meet certain academic requirements. Please see the fact sheet about this program for more specific information.
What You'll Learn in SLU's Early Childhood Special Education Program
Students majoring in early childhood special education at SLU take courses in a specific sequence. The first block addresses issues related to classroom observation. You'll also study learning theory and examine schools as a social system, as well as learn about human growth and development.
The second block examines diversity in the classroom, learning styles, exceptionality and different styles of teaching. The remaining blocks are dedicated to methods of teaching subject matter areas and levels, diagnosing learning problems and developing learning activities. The program culminates with a block dedicated to teaching in professional environments.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from SLU?
Early childhood special education certification also includes certification in early childhood education. Most graduates from SLU with a degree in early childhood special education pursue a career in teaching, but others choose to continue their studies in one of our graduate programs before entering the work force.
Career options for people with an undergraduate degree in early childhood special education include:
- Teacher, kindergarten through third grade
- Special educator
- Child care specialist
- Educational outreach professional
- Preschool teacher
- Private tutor