M.A. Advanced Teaching in Special Education (Cross-Endorsement)

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. Please see the academic calendar located at the end of student packet.


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.

Course Title Start Week End Week Hours
SPEC 518
Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Mar. 5, 2018
Apr. 30, 2018
SPEC 535
Laws and Special Education
May 7, 2018
Jun. 25, 2018
SPEC 539
Curriculum and Instruction: Adaptive Strategies
Aug. 27, 2018
Oct. 15, 2018
SPEC 540
Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions
Oct. 22, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018
SPEC 554
Researched-Based Math Interventions
Jan. 7, 2019
Feb. 25, 2019
SPEC 526
Educational Assessment (1-day Saturday Clinical Required)
Mar. 4, 2019
Apr. 29, 2019
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
May 6, 2019
Jun. 24, 2019
SPEC 536
Summer Practicum I **
Jun. 24, 2019
Jul. 22, 2019
SPEC 542
Foundational Reading Interventions
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
SPEC 561
Autism: Behavioral Interventions
Oct. 21, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
SP 530
Research in Special Education
Jan. 6, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020
SP 537
Summer Practicum II **
Jun. 22, 2020
Jul. 20, 2020
  Total Credit Hours: 38

*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: March 2020