Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2023

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


Early Childhood Special Education, Inclusion, curriculum



The purpose of this project was to create an inclusive preschool curriculum geared toward all children ages 3-to-5 years-old. The curriculum demonstrated scripted and detailed instructions on how to conduct lessons in the developmental areas of cognitive and social-emotional. Those developmental areas were selected due to the research indicating the highest need areas for young children. In addition, the curriculum addressed: the Minnesota state educational standards for preschool age children, early childhood indicators of progress (ECIPs), and individual education plan (IEP) goals and objectives for young children who have special needs. The curriculum gives example case studies and ways to include adaptations/ modifications directly into the lessons, along with ways to address a diverse population of students’ abilities. Included in this project was a literature review that examined inclusion practices and how they related to cognitive and social-emotional development; along with the need for high quality inclusive curriculum in a preschool setting.

Key words: Early childhood special education, inclusion, curriculum, standards-based practice



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