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Early Childhood: PreKindergarten - Grade 3 and Special Education EC-12, B.S.

Help Each Student in Your Classroom Succeed

Your Bachelor of Science in Education with Early Childhood: PreKindergarten - Grade 3 Certification and Special Education EC-12 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake will prepare you to teach in prekindergarten through grade 3, plus work with young children eligible for Early Childhood Special Education programs helping children with developmental disabilities prepare for kindergarten. 

 
Early intervention with high-quality services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and result in later success in school, work, and the community. When children who have developmental disabilities - or are at risk for them - receive early intervention, they show positive changes in health, language and communication, cognitive development, and social and emotional development. You will have the skills to help all students, regardless of their academic challenges, to achieve a higher level of success. This program focuses on child development; research-based instructional and assessment practices in early childhood education; and the skills to assess, monitor and report the progress of children with and without disabilities. It prepares students to collaborate effectively with family members of young children to support the growth and development of those children.

Become One of Your School’s Most Valuable Resources

Special education teachers are a valued resource in the school environment. You'll also work with general education teachers, counselors, social workers, school superintendents, administrators and parents to create a collaborative approach to meeting your students' needs. You’ll be equipped to work in a classroom, a resource center or another setting in your school to teach students, depending on their needs. As student populations continue to increase and become more diverse, employment of special education teachers is expected to increase faster than average. Your Bachelor of science from University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Education equips you with the training you’ll need to be a coveted member of any school's faculty.

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Early Childhood: PreKindergarten - Grade 3 and Special Education EC-12, B.S.


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Deadlines for Applying

  • Freshman Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority - July 15 
    Final - August 1 

  • Spring

    Priority - November 1
    Final - December 1 

  • Summer

    Priority - March 1
    Final (Summer Session I & II) - May 1 


  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Summer 2024
    Priority - May 1
    Summer I Final - May 22
    Summer II Final - June 28
  • Fall 2024
    Priority - August 1
    Final - August 12
    Returning UHCL Students - August 14
  • Spring 2025
    Priority - December 1
    Final - January 6
    Returning UHCL Students - January 8

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority Deadline - May 1
    Extended Deadline - June 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

We've earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


Early Childhood: PreKindergarten - Grade 3 and Special Education EC-12, B.S. Faculty

Elizabeth Beavers
Elizabeth Beavers

Elizabeth Beavers

Program Director and Associate Professor of Special Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3513
Email: BeaversEA@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite B1325

Elizabeth Beavers Faculty Bio

Amber Brown
Amber Brown

Amber Brown

Program Director and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3627
Email: browna@uhcl.edu
Office: B1119-2

Amber Brown Faculty Bio

Shanna Graves
Shanna Graves

Shanna Graves

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3578
Email: gravess@uhcl.edu
Office: bayou Suite 1119

Shanna Graves Faculty Bio

Rebecca Huss-Keeler
Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3535
Email: huss@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Rebecca Huss-Keeler Faculty Bio

Preeti Jain
Preeti Jain

Preeti Jain

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3567
Email: jainp@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Preeti Jain Faculty Bio

Neelofer Tajani
Neelofer Tajani

Neelofer Tajani

Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3543
Email: tajani@uhcl.edu
Office: B1119-3

Neelofer Tajani Faculty Bio