Master of Arts (M.A.) in Advanced

Teaching in Special Education


Hybrid 38 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Hybrid format combines personal experience with convenience of online learning

2 year completion time, including breaks

Cohort model helps facilitate supportive and collaborative learning

Workload designed for full time professional educators

Goals and Focus of the Program

The Master of Arts in Advanced Teaching in Special Education focuses on in-depth knowledge and skill development for meeting needs of learners with special needs in multiple K-12 settings, and is aligned to Connecticut Cross-Endorsement Regulations.

Program Design

The Master of Arts in Advanced Teaching in Special Education program follows a cohort instructional model with a hybrid delivery structure. Eight-week courses include a combination of face-to-face as well as online classes determined by course content. This program includes face-to-face sessions that take place from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week at a central location. Online sessions may require meeting virtually during this scheduled class time. The duration of the program is approximately two years.


The Master of Arts in Advanced Teaching in Special Education program must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5, a valid Connecticut Teaching License, one year of full time, contracted teaching experience, and access to a classroom and students throughout the duration of the program to fulfill field study requirements.

Degree Requirements and Career Outcome

The degree requirements for this program are successful completion of the program’s respective courses (listed below) and a passing score on the comprehensive exam taken after all coursework is complete. Upon completion of this program, candidates will have earned a Master of Arts in Advanced Teaching in Special Education. The program is aligned with Connecticut Cross-Endorsement Regulations for students who hold current CT teaching certification.

Plan of Study

CourseTitle  Hours
SPEC 539Universal Design for Learning: Proactive Inclusion for All Students  
SPEC 561
Behavioral Interventions
SPEC 535
Special Education Law  3
SPEC 518 Designing Learning Experiences for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities  
SPEC 542Science of Early Reading Development  
SPEC 536Summer Practicum I  4
SPEC 540Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions  3
SPEC 526Educational Assessment  3
SPEC 554Researched-Based Math Interventions  3
SPEC 505Assistive Technology for Access to the Curriculum Special Education  3
SPEC 530
Research in Special Education
SPEC 537Summer Practicum II  4
 Total Credit Hours:38


Please Note:

Anticipated Comprehensive Exam Date, if needed: July 2022

**Check with Financial Aid regarding funding for summer practicums. Applications for practicums are due by February 1st each year.

The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence.