Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

The Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs curriculum provides students with knowledge and skills for careers in education and intervention for young children (birth through third grade) and their families. Students gain hands-on experience through practicum courses in the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School within the department and with educational programs in the community. The culminating capstone experience in this major is full-time semester student teaching experience. This major leads to a degree and teaching licensure in the state of Indiana for infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms; early elementary classrooms (K-3); and classrooms for children with exceptional needs (up to grade three).

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Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs Website

Plan of Study

Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

The employment rate for 2013 and 2014 graduates was 100%. Students are prepared to teach in pre-kindergarten, primary and special education classrooms through grade three. Students are also prepared for certification as developmental therapists in the early intervention system (birth to 3 yrs.)  Graduates pursue careers including public school regular or special education teacher, child-care teacher or administrator, Head Start teacher or administrator, preschool teacher, family support specialist, developmental therapist, family life specialist, and special needs coordinator.

Transfer to Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.8

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