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 Special Education focuses on in-depth knowledge and skill development for meeting needs of learners with special needs in multiple K-12 settings, including curriculum adaptation.
The Master of Arts 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.
Candidates in the the Master of Arts 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 Special Education. This is not a certificate, licensure or endorsement program.
Plan of Study
|SPEC 539||Universal Design for Learning: Proactive Inclusion for All Students|
|Special Education Law||3|
|SPEC 518||Designing Learning Experiences for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities|
|SPEC 554||Researched-Based Math Interventions|
|SPEC 526||Educational Assessment|
|SPEC 542||Science of Early Reading Development|
|SPEC 540||Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions|
|SPEC 505||Assistive Technology for Access to the Curriculum Special Education|
|SPEC 530||Research in Special Education|
|Total Credit Hours:||30|
Anticipated Comprehensive Exam Date, if needed: July 2023
The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence.