Early Childhood Special Education

The early childhood special education concentration prepares students to teach and work in early care and education settings with children with and without disabilities. Multiple field experiences help prepare students and assist them in choosing their work setting after graduation. 

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Virginia Licensure in Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities
  • 2+2 Program - A.A.S. in Early Childhood to B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Early Childhood Special Education with and without licensure
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies without licensure
  • Bachelor of Science Degree  with a teaching license (Birth to 5, Children with Disabilities) to move on for an additional year in the 4+1 Program to be eligible for an additional license (PreK-3rd grade)

Progress sheets for the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Preparation Program can be found on the College of Education and Human Development Advising Resources page. Select the academic year and then choose Early Childhood Special Education program. More information may be obtained by visiting Radford University's catalog. Select the Early Childhood Special Education link.


Graduate students, Ashley Miller and Erika Paz, engage in some interactive play.

Graduate student Casey Weston explains why she chose Radford University.



Dr. Sharon Gilbert

Contact for Early Childhood Special Education
Early Intervention Specialist
Office: Peters Hall C160
Phone: 540-831-7117
Email: sgilbert13@radford.edu

I love feeling like I make a difference in my students' lives and helping them to make a difference in their students' lives.


Dr. Whitney Idol

Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Special Education/Special Education
Office: Peters Hall C170
Phone: 540-831-7650
Email: widol@radford.edu

Passion is contagious and has the power to start great things for the greater good.


Dr. Boyoung Park

Early Childhood
Head Start and Child Care Specialist
Office: Peters Hall C161
Phone: 540-831-7118
Email: bpark3@radford.edu

I believe young children can learn anything when the teacher has created good lesson plans. I also believe children must learn everything in early childhood such as math, science, history, economics, as well as literacy.