Online Degree Programs

Special Education (Early Childhood)
Sample Curriculum

The Master of Education in Special Education (Early Childhood) is a 36-semester hour program:

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 EDP core1
TSOC core1
SPED 5170 2
SPED curriculum foundation core
RESM core1
SPED 62502
SPED 52602
CTE 50802
Year 2 Elective2
SPED 69402
SPED 6930 (2), or 6930 (1) and 6920 or 69603  

1. Foundations Core Courses - 12 hours

Foundations core courses by area:
    • Psychological Foundations: EDP 5110, 5120, 5210, 5220, 5230, 5310, 5320, or 5330
    • Research Foundations: RESM 5110, 5210, 5310, or 5330
    • Social Foundations: TSOC 5100, 5110, 5200, 5210, 5230, 5300, 5400, or 5500
    • Curriculum Foundations: Students with an undergraduate degree outside of special education take SPED 5000, 5160, 5180, 5250, or 6070. Students with an undergraduate degree in special education take SPED 5820, 5860, 6470, 6490, 6590, 6800, 6810, 6830, CIEC 5340, CIEC 6310, or CIEC 6340.

2. Specialty Courses in Early Childhood - 18 hours, areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, general special education, early childhood special education, transition to work, or behavior disorders. Courses must be pre-approved by the faculty advisor

3. Culminating Activity (Thesis, Project or Comprehensive Exam) - 6 hours 



The University of Toledo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604. (800) 621-7440. The current list of individual program accreditations and endorsements can be found on the provost’s page.

The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from fall 2016 to fall 2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

State Departments of Education set requirements for educator licensure and certification. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to a University of Toledo, Judith Herb College of Education online program for endorsement, initial educator certification, or licensure in their home state contact their home state’s Department of Education to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for those credentials. The website of The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification has a directory of state offices of certification.

For information please contact:

UT Online Admissions
Admissions specialist: 855.327.5695

Last Updated: 6/27/22