Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education - Early Intervention: Birth-5


Department of Teaching and Learning

Southeastern's Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education - Early Interventionist: Birth-5 program is an alternative program leading to Louisiana teaching certification in early intervention. A strong emphasis is placed on relevant field experiences throughout the program. Students are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement in children birth through five years old.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Early Intervention Teacher
  • Early Steps Special Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

Types of Employers

  • Daycare Programs
  • Head Start Programs
  • Private Providers for Special Needs Children
  • Public, Private and Parochial School Systems



  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation / National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Council for Exceptional Children

  • This program has been recognized as one of the best online SPED Master's Programs in the nation!

  • Course objectives and learner outcomes are aligned with COMPASS/Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium and College of Education Conceptual Framework

  • The TeachLivE virtual-rehearsal classroom featuring real-time avatars with unique characteristics is available for students to practice classroom management, pedagogy and content teaching skills in a virtual environment

  • Lekotek, a toy lending library with child and family support, offers pedagogical experiences for students and opportunities for collaboration with schools and community groups

  • Snoezelen, a multi-sensory environment to support children and other individuals, provides opportunities for student involvement with multiple disciplines on campus, schools and community groups


  • Total semester hours required: 39

  • Field experiences in diverse settings and student teaching or internship


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 1-5

  • Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 4-8

  • Master of Special Education


  • Student Council for Exceptional Children

  • Southeastern Education Association for Students  

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Phi Delta Kappa

  • Phi Kappa Phi


Contact Information

Dr. Colleen Klein-Ezell, Program Coordinator


Mailing address: SLU 10749, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 232C

Program website