Early Childhood Special Education

The Masters of Education (M. Ed.) in Early Childhood Special Education provides candidates with a holistic, inclusive, family-centered approach to assist families and support the development of young children with special needs and developmental delays with a focus in the birth to age 5 range. This program is designed for those who are seeking an Early Childhood Special Education endorsement (birth to age 5) on an existing teacher certification or for those seeking advanced knowledge and skills in this discipline without the certification.

The Early Childhood Special Education program offers courses online via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing in order to serve the entire state of Alaska. These courses meet weekly on a specific day and time in a virtual classroom. Anyone with reliable internet access, a computer, and microphone can participate in our online courses.

Program Information

Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education

For specific course requirements, please refer to the catalog. Catalog links to current catalog year; see historic catalogs to view previous years.

Program Overview

The Masters of Early Childhood Special Education Program is designed to provide specialized pre-service training for current and future early interventionists and early childhood special educators. Our program approaches the field of early childhood special education in an ecological, holistic, and developmental way. We focus on professional, ethical, research, and policy issues related to early childhood development, social-emotional early learning, and family support. Furthermore, we emphasize the unique learning needs of children through evidence-based practices. Through coursework and direct hands-on experience, you will learn how to design and implement high quality early learning environments, services, and supports that value the diverse needs of families and children with development delays, disabilities and special needs.

The MEd program is 38-39 credits, of which 6 credits are an advanced internship. Upon completion of this program and satisfactorily meeting all requirements, candidates will be eligible for a recommendation for an endorsement in Special Education birth to 5 on an existing teacher certification. Please refer to the catalog for specific details.

Admission Requirements

There are two different admission requirements: one for UAA and one for the SOE program


Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For program advising, contact Dr. Hattie Harvey at 907-786-4464 or haharvey@alaska.edu.

Early Childhood Special Education Faculty

Title Program/Department UA Email Address Phone Office
Hattie Harvey, Ph.D. Associate Professor Early Childhood Special Education/Psychology haharvey@alaska.edu 907-786-4464 NSB 228