Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology Project (EC-SEAT)

Earn a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Special Needs and Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology

[EC-SEAT: Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology program] The Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire is excited to to share information with you about the Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (EC-SEAT) Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Grant#H325K120176).EC-SEAT Logo

The EC-SEAT project seeks to prepare 40 early childhood special educators at the master degree level by joining AT competence with teacher education to help meet the national and regional shortage of teachers in special education.

Using a three-pronged approach of Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Clinical Learning and Community Collaboration this model builds student knowledge, skills and experiences in research-based practices to effectively meet the needs of young children with disabilities.

Partnering with interdisciplinary community-based professionals in local schools and area agencies gives graduate students opportunity for hands-on learning and practice integrating assistive technology into young children and families’ lives. EC-SEAT Scholars benefit from community mentors to better support the learning and AT needs of young children birth to 3rd grade. Scholars are prepared to become highly skilled evidence-based special educators and practitioners for early childhood centers, early intervention centers, and elementary schools serving children with special needs.


Education Award and Service Obligation

EC-SEAT scholars receive a $20,000 educational award and an iPad for coursework and teaching (funded by the U.S. Department of Education).

EC-SEAT Scholars commit to working in early childhood special education 2 years for every one year of funding. Typical service obligation is 2 years.

Scholars work toward earning:

  • UNH master of education degree in early childhood education: special needs
  • NH teacher certification in early childhood special education (Birth-8yrs)
  • UNH graduate certificate in assistive technology


Who Should Apply

This opportunity is available for individuals who are at various stages of professional education and enrolled in the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Special Needs Needs at the University of New Hampshire. High priority is given to applicants from underrepresented groups such as: Students from social, cultural, and racial minorities, self-advocates and/or family members of individuals with special needs, and practicing professionals working in the field.



Students must first apply and be accepted into the UNH Graduate School and UNH Department of Education M.Ed in Early Childhood Education: Special Needs major

Interested students need:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • An upper-level course in childhood development
  • 200 hours of supervised work with children


Sample Full-Time Student Schedule

Courses are typically taught after 4pm with some online, and most AT courses are once a month on Saturday.


  Fall J-Term Spring Summer
Year 1
  • EDUC 941 - Diversity and Child Development (4cr)
  • EDUC 861 - Inclusive Curriculum for Young Children (4cr)
  • EDUC 860 - Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs (4cr)
  • OT/EDUC 897 - iPad Support for Children Disabilities (3cr)
  • EDUC 942 - Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (4cr)
  • EDUC 862 - Curriculum for Young Children with Special Needs: Evaluation and Program Design (4cr)
  • EDUC 806 - Introduction to Teaching Reading (4cr)*
  • EDUC 856 - Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities (4cr)
  • OT 822 - Assistive Technology (4cr)
Year 2
  • EDUC 900B -Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3cr)
  • EDUC 803 - Teaching Social Studies (2cr)*
  • OT 826 - Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities (4cr)
  • EDUC 845 - Math with Technology in Early Education (2cr)*
  • EDUC 901B - Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3cr)
  • EDUC 803 - Teaching Science (2cr)*
  • EDUC 948 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (4cr)
  • Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio

How to Apply

If you would like more information or are interested in applying, contact program coordinator, Carrie Portrie (information below).

Applications are accepted and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. For more information about the program and the application process, contact:

Carrie Portrie, M.Ed
UNH Education Department
Morrill Hall, Room 6
Durham, NH 03824


Links & Additional Resources

Download Program Flier
About EC-SEAT on our Blog
UNH Graduate School
Early Childhood Education: Special Needs - Master of Education

Areas of Emphasis: 
Age Levels: 
Early Childhood