Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Early Childhood Education PreK-4/Special Education Dual Certification Program

Program Goals

Lincoln University’s post baccalaureate Early Childhood Education PreK-4/Special Education Dual Certification Program aims to prepare professionals in the education of all children including exceptional children and youth who will be scholarly in their academic pursuits. Lincoln University’s post baccalaureate Early Childhood Education degree program with dual certifications is designed to develop ethical scholar- practitioners who will be committed to social justice, capable of working with diverse populations in a variety of social and cultural contexts, and prepared to serve in a variety of professional roles. The assessment techniques and strategies used in the education of exceptional children, research-based methodologies and instruction, and program evaluation are major components of the program. 


Teacher candidates will:

  • 1. develop/implement/modify curriculum and instruction that promote children’s development and learning (PDE I, NAEYC** 1, 4, CEC*** 4,5,7)
  • 2. plan and deliver instruction in the content areas of language development, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and humanities, and motor development and health established by PDE Pre K – 4 Guidelines and PDE Academic Standards (PDE II, NAEYC 4, 5, CEC 4,6)
  • 3. identify and administer a variety of assessment instruments and interpret results for the purpose of guiding instructional decisions (PDE III, NAEYC 3, CEC 8)
  • 4. articulate and demonstrate means of partnering with families through effective communication and linking families to supportive community resources (PDE IV, NAEYC 2, 4, CEC 9, 10)
  • 5. establish a positive social context for learning, set developmentally appropriate expectations for all children, and provide appropriate behavior support (PDE V, NAEYC 1, 3, 6, CEC 1,2,3,5)
  • 6. employ effective instructional strategies, accommodations, and adaptations to meet the needs of diverse learners (PDE Inclusion & ELL, NAEYC 1, 3, CEC 1,2,3,4,5,7)

* Student Learning Outcomes are based on competency categories as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). SLO 6 is based on required PDE competencies for accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting and competencies for meeting the instructional needs of English Language Learners (ELL)

**NAEYC = National Association for the Education of Young Children

*** CEC = Council for Exceptional Children


Course Credits
EDU-606 - Foundations of Education 3
EDU-612 - Child Development 3
EDU-614 - Foundations in Special Education 3
EDU-661 - Research Methods in Education 3
EDU-604 - Educational Assessment & Data Driven Decision Making 3
EDU-607 - Literature & Literacy 3
EDU-601 - Theoretical Foundations of Reading Instruction 3
EDU-622 - Inclusion of Special Needs Students in the Regular Classroom 3
EDU-664 - Assistive Technology in Special Education 3
EDU-665 - Special Education Law 3
EDU-623 - Methods in Science and Social Studies 3
EDU-625 - Methods: Elementary School Mathematics for PK-4 3
EDU-626 - Collaboration: School/Families/Community 3
EDU-666 - Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities 3
EDU-667 - Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3
EDU-616 - Cultural & Linguistic Diversity: Instructional Strategies 3
EDU-501** - Student Teaching (12) OR
EDU-503*** - Graduate Internship (6)
12 or

     *Students must pass 1 of 3 ECE Modules and 1 of 2 SpEd Modules of the PECT
       examinations at the PDE qualifying score before enrolling in EDU 501 or EDU 503.

  **This 12 credit course is required if the candidate is not currently teaching in his/her own
      classroom but is assigned to teach with a certified classroom teacher.

*** This 6 credit course is required for an Intern or someone holding an emergency certificate
       and teaching full time in an approved program.