Inclusive Early Childhood Education

This five course, 15 credit pathway facilitates the development of knowledge and skills related to working with young children who have special needs.  Coursework emphasizes the theoretical and practical exploration of typical and atypical child development, as well as methods for supporting children and families through the stages of child development.  Strategies for professional communication with coworkers and families are also a focus. 

Pathway Requirements (listed in suggested course sequence):

  • PSY 110:  Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 341:  Infant Toddler Development (3 credits)- UMPI course
  • PSY 201: Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 345:  Special Education in Early Childhood (3 credits)- UMPI course
  • SED 202:  Communication & Collaboration in Special Education (3 credits)

This pathway may lead to the following programs at UMaine Machias:

B.S. in Education with concentrations in:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Minors in:

Completion of these programs allows students to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Activity/recreation director
  • Case/care manager
  • Educator in primary and secondary schools
  • Family resource coordinator
  • Family support professional/advocate
  • Government official
  • Negotiator/mediator
  • Non-profit organization director
  • Preschool teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Youth counselor