Master of Science in Special Education {21-22} - Fundamental Strategies for Early Intervention and ECSE

Course Code
SPED 526  Credits
Title Fundamental Strategies for Early Intervention and ECSE 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course facilitates the development of effective service coordination and teaching/coaching skills for professionals in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) ages 0-6. An emphasis is placed on using evaluation and assessment information to plan developmentally appropriate individualized programs (IEPs) in the least restrictive environments for young children (3-6) with a variety of disabilities or delays. Importance is placed on activity and play-based intervention and methods for use with children with motor, sensory, health, communication, social-emotional and/or cognitive disabilities within inclusive PreK/K settings. Course content also provides a foundation for coaching parents and other primary caregivers of infants and toddlers with disabilities/delays in natural environments through early intervention services (birth-2). Focus is placed on early childhood atypical and typical development, family-centered care, routines-based intervention in natural environments, criterion-based curriculum for birth-age 2 intervention planning, conducting family-centered home visits, partnering with community services, and coordination and development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs).