Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Added Authorization is designed for California special education teachers seeking to work with children with special needs from birth up to 5 years of age. To be admitted into the program, students must have a current Preliminary, Clear, or Special Education Teaching Credential in the state of California. The program is completely online, and may be completed in as little as one semester.

This added authorization—formerly the Early Childhood Special Education Certificate—allows education specialists to teach young children with special needs in a variety of environments, including early intervention and special education preschool settings.

Early Childhood Special Education Courses

Once admitted to the Early Childhood Special Education Program, students register for the three (3) early childhood special education courses in either the fall or spring semesters. Students may register for all three courses in one semester, or take the three courses in two semesters. Once all the competencies for a course have been successfully completed, the student may begin the next course. Grades are awarded at the end of each semester.

The ECSE Added Authorization consists of a total of three (3) courses and 12 semester hours. The required courses are:

  1. Characteristics of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with IFSP and IEPs
  2. Collaboration with Families of Young Children with Special Needs
  3. Infant and Preschool Assessment and Instruction

Though the ECSE Added Authorization program is completely online, there is required fieldwork in each course. Completing the classes may only take one semester, but students can opt to take it over time instead. If students opt for the latter, SPED 555 (Characteristics of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschools with IFSP and IEPs) must be the first class in the sequence. All required courses are offered every semester. The classes may be taken as electives during Credential or Master’s programs, but the authorization will not be added until the candidate holds the preliminary credential.

Advantages of the ECSE Added Authorization

Completing your ECSE Added Authorization online will enable you to provide special education services in the area of mild to moderate or moderate to severe disabilities for students from birth to 5 years old, adding depth to your special education career. Many more career options will become available to you upon completion of your Authorization, including employment at both private and public schools that specialize in early childhood special education.

Obtain Your ECSE Added Authorization at La Verne

If you currently hold a preliminary, clear,  or special education teaching credential in the state of California, the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization can elevate your career and expand your horizons. To learn more, request information about the program today.