Master of Arts (M.A.) in Advanced

Teaching in Special Education


Hybrid 38 major credits * 2 years

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Meet one night per week from 4:45 - 8:45p

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

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 model in which face-to-face sessions take place from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week at a central location. Eight-week courses include a combination of face-to-face as well as online sessions, with the possibility of courses being delivered fully online. 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

Course Title Hours
SPEC 518
Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
SPEC 561
Behavioral Interventions
SPEC 536
Summer Practicum I **
SPEC 535
Laws and Special Education
SPEC 540
Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions
SPEC 526
Educational Assessment
SPEC 542
Foundational Reading Interventions
SPEC 505
Assistive Technology
SPEC 537
Summer Practicum II **
SPEC 554
Researched-Based Math Interventions
SPEC 530
Research in Special Education
SPEC 539
Universal Design for Learning: Proactive Inclusion for All Students
Total Credit Hours: 38
Please Note:

Anticipated Comprehensive Exam Date, if needed: March 2022

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

**Check with Financial Aid regarding funding for summer practicums.