Early Childhood Special Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Our community and educational systems continue to struggle to meaningfully include and meet the learning and developmental needs of all children across learning environments. The GW ECSE MA Program prepares current and future educators and interventionists to address the learning and developmental needs of young children (birth through age eight) with or at-risk for disabilities. In this program, students acquire the knowledge and skills to work as leaders and change agents within schools and community agencies.

Program Highlights & Details:
-39 credit hours
-Can be completed as a part-time or full-time student
-Classes offered in the evenings
-Includes supervised practicum and internship experiences in the field
-Initial licensure program leading to teaching certification in early childhood education with an endorsement in early childhood special education


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*: 

Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support

Summer - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)


Recommendations require

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday