Under the “Child Find” component of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (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 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, three-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.