Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology Project (EC-SEAT)
This project was completed in September 2016
Federal funding for this project has concluded. The opportunity to study Early Childhood Special Education and Assistive Technology is still available.
- Link to: Early Childhood Education: Special Needs-Master of Education webpage.
- Link to: Assistive Technology Grad Certificate webpage
From 2012 through 2019, The EC-SEAT project faculty, staff, and community partners helped prepare 40 scholars with skills in early childhood special education and assistive technology. Scholars earned Master of Education degrees and Graduate Certificates in Assistive Technology at UNH. The project combined AT competence with teacher education to help reduce the national and regional shortage of teachers in special education. Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Clinical Learning, and Community Collaboration provided students’ knowledge, skills, and experiences in research-based practices to effectively meet the needs of young children with disabilities. Interdisciplinary community-based partners in local schools and area agencies gave graduate students opportunities for hands-on learning and practice integrating assistive technology into young children and families’ lives. EC-SEAT Scholars benefited from community mentors to better support the learning and AT needs of young children birth to 3rd grade. Scholars became highly skilled evidence-based special educators and practitioners for early childhood centers, early intervention centers, elementary schools serving children with special needs, among other leadership and administrative positions in and outside the state of New Hampshire.
Visit the EC-SEAT Blog to learn more about the project and read posts from scholars and staff. The blog was developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, H325K120176. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government Grant Project Officer: Maryann McDermott.