Young Children with Developmental Disabilities

The Young Children with Developmental Disabilities certificate courses teach you educational interventions designed for children with disabilities, ages 0-5. The program also focuses on assessment strategies and related medical considerations.

Each of the 4 courses is offered via an online format, with 1-2 required Saturday sessions held on campus.

The program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Teachers seeking to add the VDOE endorsement in early childhood special education
  • Special education teachers seeking more information about working with young children, in general
  • Preschool and primary school teachers
  • Community agency personnel providing services to young children

Faculty advisor

Dr. Glenn Buck

Program Specifics


  • To gain the ability to design and evaluate ECSE programs according to the Division of Early Childhood (DEC), of CEC, Recommended Practices.
  • To gain a basic understanding of medical aspects of atypical development, sensor-motor development, sensory integration theories, orthopedic impairments, and other health impairments.
  • To gain a basic knowledge of assessment (both formal and informal) procedures commonly used in ECSE.
  • To gain a comprehensive knowledge of ECSE instruction and curriculum.

Pre-requisites: SPED 600: Survey of Special Education (or its equivalent)

Course requirements (12 credits):

  • SPED 651 Designing Comprehensive, Family-centered Programs for Infants and Preschool Children with Disabilities
  • SPED 653 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Interventions for Infants and Preschool Children with Disabilities
  • SPED 660 Assessment of Young Children with Developmental Delays
  • SPED 662 Medical & Therapeutic Interventions for Persons w/Disabilities

Further Degree Opportunities

The sequence of courses within this certificate provides students with key courses within the early childhood special education emphasis of the MEd in special education. The 12-hour program constitutes one third of the required 36 hours for this degree.

MEd in Special Education