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The minor in early intervention and early childhood special education is meant to provide students with specialized courses that will increase their understanding of typical and atypical development, as well strategies to support young children with disabilities and their families when working as a professional in inclusive settings where young children with disabilities are served. Students who complete this minor will not meet the requirements needed for teacher licensure in the state of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education. For information regarding licensure, please contact the School of Education's Student Services Center.

Students are able to declare the early intervention and early childhood special education minor after completing 30 credits of baccalaureate course work. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to declare the minor and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 throughout the course work in the minor. The minor requires 18 credits, consisting of the following: 

Course Title Hours
ECSE 201Infants and Young Children with Disabilities3
ECSE 202Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood3
SEDP 216Families and Professional Partnerships3
Select three of the following courses:9
Developmental Assessment for Young Children
Behavior Support in Early Childhood Special Education
Communication and Language Development in Early Childhood
Medical Aspects of Early Childhood Special Education
Play-based Instruction for Inclusive Settings
Principles of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health
Exceptionality and Technology: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology
Total Hours18