Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) enables education professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in early childhood special education, expand their employment opportunities, and increase services to young children with disabilities and their families.

The program is ideal for early intervention therapists and instructors, professionals with diverse backgrounds who currently work in early childhood special education settings, and family members who may want additional expertise or training in this area of study.

Students are prepared to support infants and toddlers in home-based and/or center-based Early Intervention, preschoolers (3-5) in preschool special education, and children with suspected but not yet diagnosed delays or disabilities across various birth-5 settings. This program will not lead to certification.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Early Childhood Special Education program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.



The Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 15 graduate semester hours (5 courses).


The following courses make up the Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study program.

  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
ECSE 10500 Characteristics of Young Children with Disabilities (birth - five) and their Families 3
ECSE 10501 Methods for Assessing and Teaching Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 4
ECSE 10502 Methods for Assessing and Teaching Preschool Children (3-5) with Disabilities 4
ECSE 10503 Supporting Diverse Families, Community Partnerships, and Transitions 3
ECSE 10504 Self-Study Project Inquiry in Early Childhood Special Education 1
Total Program Semester Hours: 15

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Statement of professional objectives

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Letters of Recommendation from professional references (2)

  • Essay(s)

  • Statement of access to a classroom

    • Please submit a few paragraphs briefly listing/describing the 1-3 licensed center-based or home-based birth-five sites that you anticipate being able to use to complete field-related assignments aligned with ECSE coursework. Please be sure to include the contact information of the site director(s). Note that if the setting only covers birth-2 or three-five, then permission from two separate sites will be needed.
  • Copy of valid New Jersey or out-of-state driver's license

  • Optional Interview (If an interview is required, students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Early Childhood Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1