About This Degree
Students who complete this composite degree are eligible for two licenses, one for special education and one for early childhood education, teaching grades K-3.
While there is no licensure requirement to teach preschool, students with this degree are better prepared to teach in those settings.
This degree expands students' career options by allowing them to work with children with special needs (from birth through 5 years) and students in kindergarten through third grade. Most public schools teachers will also have special needs students in their classrooms, and this degree makes them more qualified to meet the unique educational needs of these students. Some states even require special education teachers to have an early childhood, elementary, or secondary education background. Additionally, USU’s special education program boasts 100% job placement for its students upon graduation.
What You Will Learn
This degree is a combination of courses required for the early childhood education major and the special education major. Students gain content knowledge through the early childhood education program and learn strategies for teaching diverse learners through the special education program.
Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
Birth to Age 5 Special Education:
The early childhood special education emphasis prepares graduates to work with children ages birth to five years old who have disabilities. Children ages birth to 3 years old are typically served by early intervention programs. Children 3 to 5 years old are taught in public pre-school settings within local school districts.
BS: Logan (Main Campus)
BA: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
With a degree in early childhood education and special education composite, students may pursue careers in the following areas:
- Public schools
- Day care
- Head Start
- Home Start
- Adoption agencies
- Church services
- Foster care
- Parent education programs
- Host of related state, local, and federal agencies serving families and their children
- Public or private school educator
- Adult service provider
- Recreation specialist
- Behavior specialist
- Developmental specialist
- Early intervention provider
The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
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Start working with children your first year so you can obtain more than 600 hours working in different practicum scenarios and become a qualified teacher of young children and graduate prepared to teach preschool and/or grades K-3.
With this dual degree, you’ll become more marketable as a teacher by graduating with a license to teach elementary education as well as special education, while also specializing in various components of teaching students with disabilities.
Tailor your teaching degree to fit your interests as you learn how to effectively educate and work with children of various ages, with disabilities ranging from mild to severe, in this high impact nationally ranked education program.
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Designed for human development and family studies majors, this minor provides an in-depth examination of developmental milestones and disabilities seen in children under 3 for those interested in early intervention programs.