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Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education News

The Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education (EMS) is designed and dedicated to prepare professionals for specialized services in schools, community agencies, and higher education settings. We promote and embrace the concept of cultural diversity and we affirm our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective disciplines.

Current Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education News

Portrait of Sarah McCarthy
People | February 13, 2019

Ph.D. student Sarah McCarthy didn’t want to follow in her family members’ footsteps — until the day she visited a classroom.

Tracy Spies poses in front of flowers and bushes.
People | October 1, 2018

Helping bilingual students — and the teachers who educate them — succeed is a top priority for this associate professor.

Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education In The News

METRO
May 15, 2019

Clayton Rhodes is set to get his diploma this weekend – making him the first student with Down syndrome at the University of Las Vegas to do so.

WPVI-TV
May 15, 2019

A Nevada student is once again making history at his school.

WCJB
May 14, 2019

Clayton Rhodes was the first child with down syndrome to attend his elementary school, his middle school, and his high school.

Recent Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education Accomplishments

August 8, 2019
Claire Tredwell (Preschool) has been honored with the Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice by the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, recognizing her leadership, ethical standards and excellence of work. This national award is presented to professionals who have made significant...
July 3, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education), along with colleagues from five different universities, recently published an article in Topics in Early Childhood Special Education on the perceptions of early intervention providers on father involvement in services for their infants and toddlers with disabilities. This...
May 14, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) recently published Collaboration in Childcare Setting: Using Teaming to Support Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in the latest issue from the Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices Monograph Series. Based upon her research and professional experiences, this...
May 9, 2019
Margarita Huerta (Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education) and Tiberio Garza (Educational Psychology & Higher Education) published "Writing in Science: Why, How, and for Whom? A Systematic Literature Review of 20 Years of Intervention Research (1996–2016)" in Educational Psychology Review. Findings include an overall validation...
January 15, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) authored a chapter in the newest edition of An Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs edited by Richard Gargulio and Jennifer Kilgo (both from the University of Alabama Birmingham). This chapter describes intervention and instructional strategies to support young...
January 3, 2019
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) co-authored a manuscript titled "Native Mexican Parents’ Beliefs About Children’s Literacy and Language Development: A Mixed-Methods Study" in Early Education & Development.