AASE: Early Childhood Special Education

Course Available
9 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for San Diego County Office of Education Added Authorization Candidates Only

All candidates must be enrolled first with SDCOE Added Authorizations Program prior to registering for credit validation with USD. Please visit the SDCOE AASE website for program enrollment information.

This course focuses on a wide variety of topics and issues related to early childhood special education. Many different aspects of early childhood special education are examined from a variety of different vantage points and perspectives. Course content includes developing comprehension of typical and atypical development in children birth to pre-K, knowledge of assessment and evaluation requirements specified under IDEA part B and part C, tools to ensure that the intervention and/or instructional environments are appropriate to the individual child and family system in the context of cultural and linguistic diversity, developing skills for collaborating with and supporting families throughout the planning and implementation of the IFSP/IEP process, specialized health care, knowledge of and ability to use a variety of assessment techniques and administer selected norm-referenced instruments and protocols for young children that lead to determining eligibility as well as designing, implementing , and monitoring evidence based practices embedded in activities in all developmental domains for young children including English language learners in natural as well as the developmentally appropriate inclusive school environments, structure and organize the classroom environment including paraprofessionals to provide learning supports for students with autism and other disabilities. Each candidate will participate in reflective evaluation with a supervisor trained to guide the professional development of the early childhood special educator. Expected student outcome is demonstration of knowledge and awareness regarding major issues related to early childhood special education.

Course Details

Number of Units: 9.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for San Diego County Office of Education Added Authorization Candidates.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X737R – 007 29 Jan 202419 May 2024 9 $450

AASE: Early Childhood Special Education

29 Jan 202419 May 2024
Credit Validation

Course Format: Online

Location: San Diego County Office of Education

Audience: This course is specifically for teachers who hold a preliminary or clear Education Specialist Credential and seek to add an authorization to that credential

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: May 19, 2024 (11:59pm PST)

What You Will Learn

  • Articulate the characteristics of an effective early childhood special education program
  • Discuss the process of referring and providing intervention for children with suspected delays
  • Develop an understanding of the history of early childhood special education programs in the United States
  • Understand how to develop tools, structure, and methodologies for an evidence-based & effective early childhood special education program
  • Articulate the importance of and strategies for collaboration with families and caregivers
  • Understand assessment tools and procedures to monitor student learning and develop a meaningful and legally-compliant IFSP/IEP
  • Understand specialized health care and the state & community resources available to educators and families


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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