Master of Science in Special Education
Program contact: Judith Falaro, JD, 203-582-8868
The School of Education offers two tracks in the Master of Science in Special Education program. 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 in a related field who is interested in earning a Master of Science in Special Education.
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). The program provides certified teachers with opportunities to better understand the purposes and protections of these laws, as well as their implications for teaching and working with students with special needs and their families. Through these lenses, program candidates will understand how students identified with special needs learn, and how their particular special needs impact their lives inside and outside of school academically, socially and emotionally. The knowledge and understanding developed through the program will enable graduates to design individual programs of learning for students, with supports that allow all identified students to access the curriculum together with their non-disabled peers in inclusive settings.
The program will provide graduate candidates with two options to achieve their professional goals. Teachers who already have a valid teaching certificate will be able to pursue a cross-endorsement in comprehensive special education along with their Master of Science in Special Education (36 credits) in accordance with the requirements and regulations of the Connecticut State Department of Education. Graduate candidates who are in a related field, but still desire an MS in Special Education (30 credits) will complete a similar course of study.