Our Early Childhood/Elementary Special Education (P-6) master’s degree prepares teachers to serve infants and toddlers (0-2 years), children in preschool (3-5 years), and students in K-6 settings. Graduates are prepared to implement evidence-based practices at an advanced level to support families and the development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities and elementary-aged students with disabilities.

This program is offered on campus and online.


Alternative Degree Overview

Coursework — 57 hours

  • At least 1/3 of program will be in teaching field courses

  • Practicum and Clinical Residency courses required

  • Clinical Residency Requirement: Passing Sore on Praxis II Early Childhood Education (5025), Elementary Bundle (5901), Special Education Core Knowledge and Application (5354), Foundations of Reading (190); Elementary Bundle can be taken separately as mathematics (5903), science (5905), and social studies (5904)

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Traditional Degree Overview

Coursework — 30 hours

  • At least 1/3 of program shall be in teaching field courses

  • A practicum course is required

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Opportunities for Students

  • Best Buddies — a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 01/31/2024