Master of Arts (M.A.) in Advanced

Teaching in Special Education


Hybrid 38 major credits * 2 years

Reduced Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay

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 online (synchronous and asynchronous learning activities), hybrid (at least 50% online class sessions) and in person courses, 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, and online sessions that 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 completion of a capstone project as a university requirement, which is embedded within the coursework.  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. Individuals seeking to become Special Education teachers must receive a passing score on the Praxis 2 for Special Education (Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications) and Foundations of Reading.

Plan of Study

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


Please Note:

*Master’s Capstone Project Included
**Dates listed are tentative until practicum placements are finalized. Applications for practicums are due by February 1st each year.
*** Check with Financial Aid regarding funding for summer practicums.

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