Early Childhood Special Education

Signature Courses
Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education
Normal and Atypical Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood Special Education
The Exceptional Child Birth to Age Five and the Special Education Process
Observation and Participation: Field Experience with ECSE Learners


If you have a bachelors degree and are interested in teacher certification, you can pursue this online teacher preparation program. If you do not yet hold a bachelors degree, you can learn more about our online bachelors degree option for teacher preparation here

Unlike a traditional 100% online degree program, this is a limited residency program that requires you to attend orientation in Prescott, Arizona. It is also a hybrid program - meaning you will be working in your community and with mentors as well as online. Courses are taken online or as mentored-study with mentors who are typically working teachers or school administrators from your home communities. Core Faculty members provide support, oversight, evaluation and approval through each stage of your program.

If you have no prior credit in education, you can expect to spend approximately one and one-half years (three semesters) in the limited-residency program for early childhood special education. If you have transferable credits in education or the teaching subject area, you may have a shorter time to completion. You'll work with faculty to plan the timing and sequence of your courses and student teaching.

We also invite you to join us at our Summer Institute for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. 

Prescott College offers students the opportunity to earn the Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate. The Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate enables individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher to teach full-time while completing the requirements for an Arizona provisional teaching certificate.

Graduates have a 94% pass rate for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Exam.

Arizona residents
The Endorsement programs, Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate, Teacher Preparation and Educational Leadership graduate programs: meet the requirements of licensure for the state of Arizona.

Out-of-State residents

To ensure that our graduates are equipped to help students learn, all certification programs offered by Prescott College are evaluated by the Arizona Department of Education, and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:

  •   completion of a bachelor's degree program
  •   submission of transcripts
  •   completion and clearance of a background check
  •   passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests

Click here to see a list of teacher licensure requirements in your state. As requirements are subject to change at any time, please refer to the licensure contact listed under each state.

Early Childhood Special Education Faculty
Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Associate Faculty of Education, MEd, Undergraduate Programs