The 30-credit master of science in special education prepares working professionals with a deeper understanding of the impact of various disabilities on a child's life. Using the lens of the law in concert with parent advocacy and landmark litigation, we reflect on the history of special education. We understand the arduous journey from institutions to classrooms, from isolation to inclusion continues to this day. You will be part of a cohort taking courses in each of the areas identified under IDEA. Coursework consists of 27 credits of core requirements and is rounded out with a 3-credit capstone that allows you to compile a research proposal in a special education area of your choice.
Students seeking a cross endorsement in the state of Connecticut (CT #165) as part of their master of science in special education program will complete 36 total credits. The curriculum is made up of 30 credits of core requirements and rounded out with two 3 credit practica (6 credits total) in two different areas of special education tailored to your areas of interest.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Special Education, graduates will understand and be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of federal and state laws and guidelines that govern eligibility, protections and services for students with special needs.
Administer, score and interpret a wide range of criterion-referenced, norm-referenced and curriculum-based measurements.
Utilize Scientifically-Based Research Interventions (SBRI) to identify the presence of specific learning disabilities in school-age children.
- Collaborate with other professionals in related services to provide the supports necessary for students with special needs to access the curriculum in inclusive settings with their non-disabled peers wherever possible.
Assume leadership positions in Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings by advocating for the social, emotional and academic needs of students in order to design an appropriate Individual Education Program (or IEP) for each identified student.
Identify and apply interventions and strategies to meet the unique educational needs of exceptional learners and their families, including but not limited to preparing young adults to self-advocate and develop the life skills necessary for independent living as they transition into adulthood and their respective careers.