Exceptionality in Early Childhood: Characteristics of Young Children with IFSPs and IEPs

Exceptionality in Early Childhood: Characteristics of Young Children with IFSPs and IEPs

Course Number: EDUC X455.10

5 units

An examination of the physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language developmental milestones for typical and atypical children, from birth through preschool age. It emphasizes the dynamic interplay among environmental factors, family interactions and the child's development.

You are taught the learning characteristics of young children and the range of special needs they may have, and learn evidence-based practices associated with young children (birth to pre-K) for children with identified special needs. You will:

  • examine and evaluate the instructional environment and interventions utilized with pre-school age children
  • learn how to establish a partnership between home
  • learn how to develop interventions
  • establish positive instructional environments through the development of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) for infants and toddlers and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children age 3 to kindergarten age.


A fieldwork component is included. This experience takes place at Child Development Centers, Head Starts or State Pre-Schools that include children who receive Special Education services.

The focus is on:

  • structured observations regarding assessment and curriculum planning
  • instructional methods
  • management of behavior
  • professional ethics
  • evaluation of programs
  • the partnership between staff and parents
  • child peer relationships in inclusive settings


Must hold a valid California Education Specialist Credential Level I, II Preliminary or Clear. Please conact Credentials Office for other applicable credentials.

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