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. 

Prerequisites:

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.

Spring 2018 - Plan of Study

Course Title Start Week End Week Hours
SPEC 518
Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Mar. 5, 2018
Apr. 30, 2018
3
SPEC 535
Laws and Special Education
May 7, 2018
Jun. 25, 2018
3
SPEC 539
Curriculum and Instruction: Adaptive Strategies
Aug. 27, 2018
Oct. 15, 2018
3
SPEC 540
Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions
Oct. 22, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018
3
SPEC 554
Researched-Based Math Interventions
Jan. 7, 2019
Feb. 25, 2019
3
SPEC 526
Educational Assessment (1-day Saturday Clinical Required)
Mar. 4, 2019
Apr. 29, 2019
4
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
May 6, 2019
Jun. 24, 2019
3
SPEC 536
Summer Practicum I **
Jun. 24, 2019
Jul. 22, 2019
4
SPEC 542
Foundational Reading Interventions
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
3
SPEC 561
Autism: Behavioral Interventions
Oct. 21, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
3
SP 530
Research in Special Education
Jan. 6, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020
3
SP 537
Summer Practicum II **
Jun. 22, 2020
Jul. 20, 2020
4
  Total Credit Hours: 38

Fall 2018 - Plan of Study

Course Title Start Week End Week Hours
SPEC 535
Laws and Special Education
Aug. 27, 2018
Oct. 15, 2018
3
SPEC 518
Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Oct. 22, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018
3
SPEC 526
Educational Assessment (1-day Saturday Clinical Required)
Jan. 7, 2019
Feb. 25, 2019
3
SPEC 540
Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions
Mar. 4, 2019
Apr. 29, 2019
3
SPEC 554
Researched-Based Math Interventions
May 6, 2019
Jun. 24, 2019
3
SPEC 536
Summer Practicum I **
Jun. 24, 2019
Jul. 22, 2019
4
SPEC 539
Curriculum and Instruction: Adaptive Strategies
Aug. 26, 2019
Oct. 14, 2019
3
EDUC 535
English Language Learners
Oct. 21, 2019
Dec. 9, 2019
4
SPEC 542
Foundational Reading Interventions
Jan. 6, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020
3
SPEC 561
Autism: Behavioral Interventions
Mar. 2, 2020
Apr. 27, 2020
3
SP 530
Research in Special Education
May 4, 2020
Jun. 22, 2020
3
SP 537
Summer Practicum II **
Jun. 22, 2020
Jul. 20, 2020
4
  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 for SP18 students and July 2020 for FA18 students.