Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization (ECSEAA)

  • Program Components

    The program consists of four courses which span the length of the school year.  Each course contains weekly readings and activities, on-line discussions and fieldwork. 

    The ECSEAA program includes 68 hours of classroom contact (via on-line discussions and assignments) and 60 hours of fieldwork.

    • Courses One and Two each require 15 hours of fieldwork and 32 hours of classroom contact.
    • Course Three is concurrent with Course Four requiring 30 hours of fieldwork and 36 hours of classroom contact.


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    Program Content 

    Course One – Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Special Needs

    • Offers a broad overview of typical and atypical development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
    • The role of the family and the implementation of interventions in natural environments are a focus to develop skills required to provide services to infants and toddlers.
    • Students will be exposed to interventions that are appropriate to a child’s chronological age, developmental differences, and disability-specific needs.
    • Students develop knowledge of evidence-based practices associated with young children birth to pre K. 

    Course Two – Working with Families in Early Childhood Special Education 

    • Provide students with skills to effectively interact with families with young children with special needs.
    • Students explore family systems within the context of ethnicity, culture, life experiences, and language diversity.
    • Students develop skills in supporting families through the IFSP/IEP process.
    • The course covers strategies to assist families to access desired services, programs, and activities in their school and community. 

    Course Three – Assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers 

    • Offers an in depth review of the required knowledge and skills needed in order for students to determine, develop and implement appropriate assessment and instructional interventions.
    • Students will be exposed to the impact of cultural and linguistic differences and family concerns and priorities affecting choices in assessment and instructional planning.
    • The course reviews the IDEA requirements for assessment and evaluation as required by IDEA Part B and C. 

    Course Four – Supervised Field Experience – Project in Early Childhood Special Education 

    • Offered concurrently with Course Three – Assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and covers assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with IFSPs and IEPs.
    • The course offers students supervised field experience in order to complete 2 full case studies.
    • One case study will be focused on infants/toddlers and the other case study will be focused on preschoolers.
    • Students participate as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess and develop an appropriate IFSP or IEP.
    • Students are required to develop and implement strategies to meet IFSP or IEP goals and objectives using individual and group interventions.
    • Students develop skills in working with paraprofessionals to implement a student’s educational program.
    • Students implement strategies to monitor student progress based on the student’s IFSP or IEP goals.

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Program Tuition for ECSEAA

Contact Information

  • Donna Waddell
    Program Specialist
    Phone: 559-662-4622
    Email: dwaddell@mcsos.org

    Graciela Magdaleno
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 559-662-4667
    Email: gmagdaleno@mcsos.org

    Accounts Receivable Department
    559-662-3805

    Mailing Address:
    Madera County
    Superintendent of Schools
    Attn: Graciela Magdaleno
    1105 S. Madera Avenue
    Madera, CA 93637

    Fax:
    559-674-7468
    Attn: Graciela Magdaleno