Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Candidate:

Thank you for your interest in the exciting field of special education!

Fairfield University's Master of Arts in Special Education is dedicated to preparing special educators with the expertise to meet the unique, individualized learning needs of students with a variety of exceptionalities. We are committed to ensuring that our special education teacher candidates are provided with a rigorous program of excellence that is designed to develop your skills and abilities to work with a specialized population of students. The Program accomplishes this by offering a curriculum that provides extensive coverage of a broad range of areas pertaining to disabilities, diagnostic procedures, and related psychoeducational issues.

We are grounded in the tradition of Jesuit values and use Ignatian pedagogy to prepare and develop reflective practitioners who are adept at discerning specialized needs and successfully educating a traditionally underserved population of students with special, educational needs from grades K through 12.

The M.A. in Special Education provides a myriad of opportunities for you to become familiar with a variety of educational settings, and our student teaching and practica experiences prepare you to work in diverse professional settings and positions. Program completers are employed in private institutions or public school settings and may serve the school community as consultants to and/or collaborators with affiliated education professionals.

Fairfield's program maintains a systemic perspective of both exceptionality and service delivery. The complexities of exceptionalities and inter-related components are thoroughly discussed as well as the importance of being actively engaged with others in the education profession. Our special education teacher candidates develop the realization of the importance of maintaining holistic and comprehensive perspectives of education and are able to actualize their true potential for effecting successful experiences for students with exceptionalities.

Please feel free to connect with me after perusing our website.

Deborah Edelman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of the Special Education Program