Considering MA in Early Childhood Special Education

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  1. KarynGee

    KarynGee New Member

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    Hi:

    I'm considering getting an MA in Early Childhood Special Education, and I'm having a hard time gathering information about it. Anything would be appreciated!

    First of all, the criteria I am looking for is a job that allows me to be home with my daughter in the summer. Can you find a 9-mo job in this field? If so, where?

    Also, what is the salary range? I live in San Francisco, so a higher salary is necessary although that isn't something that is particularly important to me personally.

    I do love children, and I think I'd particularly like to work with little ones. I've been exposed to children with special needs all my life as my sister has worked in the field for many, many years.

    Any information you could provide would be wonderful. I've done a lot of research on the internet and I've had trouble getting solid info.

    Thank you!
    Karyn in San Francisco
     
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  3. Joyride

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    I'm getting a MA in ECE with a special ed approval. That said, I've heard that you're better off putting off your masters until you've already been teaching in a district for a few years, or getting a degree in elementary ed. I can't say what might be different with a special ed certificate, but if you want to work 9 mos out of the year, you probably will be working in an elementary school. Another possibility for you (though I can't say what the hours or monthly time-frame would be) might be to work for an early intervention agency as a developmental specialist. If I see any useful websites, I will post the links for you. Good luck!
     
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    KarynGee New Member

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    But isn't "early childhood" special education for birth to 5 years of age? They don't go to regular schools yet. That's why I was wondering where exactly I would work.

    Thank you!
    Karyn
     
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    I have no background here, so take it for what it's worth.

    But kids with special needs get early intervention. I think that it's done through the local school districts, at least around here. My 3 year old gets speech help twice a help. I had her tested through the district last spring. After a little wrangling, they agreed to give her services. I was given a list of about 100 different providers, told to choose one, and to let them know who I had chosen. The district covers the cost.

    Try looking at some local school websites under "early intervention" and seeing what's there.
     
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    Here, early childhood covers all the way up to age 8 (or third grade).
     
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    I'm sure all programs are different, but most early childhood that I know of is birth-third grade/age 8
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    I was an ECE grad major (not sped though)- certified PreK-4 in Virginia, came to NJ and certified K-8 after an additional praxis exam. Early childhood is considered K-2 in some districts. Your certification might depend on the exams you take, your student teaching experience and what state you are in as well as your major.
     

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