Course Planning


ECSE courses are listed in the UNC Catalog. Click on the course to see its description. Course offerings are listed below in the sequence that is recommended for your coursework. Although this order can be adjusted at the student’s discretion, this is the course sequence that we believe can best build on prior learning. We recommend that students seeking teacher licensure complete their Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) coursework in advance of taking these courses. Also, be aware that courses fill up quickly (especially those courses that are taken by other Special Education teacher candidates (EDSE 510, 511, 512, and 616 and SRM 600). You are strongly encouraged to register for classes as soon as you are eligible to do so to assure that you have a space, which cannot be guaranteed.

Required Courses

Required courses and Course offerings


Candidates must complete a practicum as a capstone experience of the EC/ECSE masters program. Practicum is designed as a supervised learning experience to allow you to teach children in a natural environment or classroom setting. Details of the EC/ECSE practicum can be found in the handbook.

Practicum FAQ

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates who are accepted into the program will develop an electronic portfolio (iWebfolio) in place of a traditional comprehensive examination. This consists of completing and posting 12 “assessments” at a designated level of proficiency. These assessments are incorporated into existing course and practicum requirements and candidates are responsible to pay an annual fee to develop and maintain their iWebfolio for each year of study. Information about the iWebfolio can be found by following the General information about iWebfolio link.

In addition to verifying a student’s competency to teach in the field, this portfolio can be used for other purposes, such as to demonstrate accomplishments to prospective employers.