Master of Arts (M.A.) in Advanced

Teaching in Special Education


In-Person 38 major credits * 2 years

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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 where students meet one night per week from 4:45 – 8:45pm. The duration of the program is approximately two years, including almost 18 months of coursework followed by the comprehensive examination. 


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.

Plan of Study

CourseTitleStart WeekEnd WeekHours
SPEC 518
Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
SPEC 535
Laws and Special Education
Oct. 21, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
SPEC 526
Educational Assessment
Jan. 6, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020
SPEC 540
Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions
Mar. 2, 2020
Apr. 27, 2020
SPEC 539
Curriculum and Instruction: Adaptive Strategies
May 4, 2020
Jun. 22, 2020
SPEC 536
Summer Practicum I **
Jun. 22, 2020
Jul. 20, 2020
SPEC 554
Researched-Based Math Interventions
Aug. 31, 2020
Oct. 19, 2020
SPEC 542
Foundational Reading Interventions
Oct. 26, 2020
Dec. 14, 2020
SPEC 561
Autism: Behavioral Interventions
Jan. 4, 2021
Feb. 22, 2021
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
Mar. 1, 2021
Apr. 26, 2021
SPEC 530
Research in Special Education
May 3, 2021
Jun. 21, 2021
SPEC 537
Summer Practicum II **
Jun. 21, 2021
Jul. 19, 2021
 Total Credit Hours:38


Please Note:

*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.

Applications for practicums are due by February 15th each year. Anticipated Comprehensive Exam Date: July 2021.