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MS in Special Education

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Overview

Make a difference in the lives of all learners

Under the “Child Find” component of IDEA, educators, psychologists, parents and health care professionals identify, diagnose and provide interventions for children with special needs as early as birth. As more children with special needs enter public education at age three, there is a growing need for highly trained teachers who are able to provide all students with engaging, differentiated learning opportunities that allow them to access the curriculum along with their non-disabled peers.

The field of special education requires an in-depth understanding of the laws that frame it, particularly the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

We offer two tracks to achieve your professional goals. One leads to cross-endorsement Connecticut #165, Comprehensive K-12 Special Education for those already holding an initial endorsement, and the second track is for anyone who is interested in doing research in special education.

MS in Special Education Leading to Cross Endorsement

The MS in Special Education with Cross Endorsement program was designed for working professionals who hold an initial teaching certificate and aspire to earn the Connecticut 165 Comprehensive Certification in Special Education K-12 teaching endorsement. In addition to courses in each of the areas identified under IDEA, our program provides our students with courses in:

  • Special education law, ethics and policy
  • Reading disorders
  • Assessment, program planning and evaluation for children with special needs  

You'll also complete two, six-credit practicum experiences in two different areas of special education.

MS in Special Education

Our MS in Special Education program was designed for professionals working in related fields such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, speech and language, social work, or a medical field who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the role and impact that various disabilities have across all aspects of children's social, emotional and educational lives.

You will be part of a cohort taking courses in each of the areas identified under IDEA. The program culminates with a capstone project that allows you to conduct a research proposal based on a specific area of interest within special education.

About Online Learning

Flexible scheduling meets world-class education

Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.

Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Special Education Leading to Cross-Endorsement

SPED 545Introduction to the Exceptional Child4
SPED 565Specific Learning Disabilities: Identification, Instruction and Assessment (LD)4
SPED 566Autism Spectrum Disorders4
SPED 571Emotional and Behavioral Disorder Identification, Management, and Assessment3
SPED 574Understanding and Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 568Assessment/Program Planning and Evaluation of Children with Special Needs3
SPED 570Special Education Law3
SPED 572Educating Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 573Reading Disorders: Assessment, Planning and Instruction3
SPED 579Practicum in Special Education I3
SPED 580Practicum in Special Education II 13
Optional Course Work
SPED 575
Working with Gifted and Talented Students
SPED 576
Implementing Assistive Technology and Screen Capture Tools
Total Credits36

MS in Special Education Curriculum

SPED 545Introduction to the Exceptional Child4
SPED 565Specific Learning Disabilities: Identification, Instruction and Assessment (LD)4
SPED 566Autism Spectrum Disorders4
SPED 571Emotional and Behavioral Disorder Identification, Management, and Assessment3
SPED 574Understanding and Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 570Special Education Law3
SPED 573Reading Disorders: Assessment, Planning and Instruction3
SPED 568Assessment/Program Planning and Evaluation of Children with Special Needs3
SPED 581Research in Special Education (Masters only)3
Optional Course Work
SPED 572
Educating Young Children with Special Needs
SPED 575
Working with Gifted and Talented Students
SPED 576
Implementing Assistive Technology and Screen Capture Tools
Total Credits30

 

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Both SPED 579 and SPED 580 are required for candidates seeking a cross-endorsement in Connecticut #165 Comprehensive Special Education K-12 

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