Offering Master of Arts (M.A.) and Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) degrees
The primary objective of Special Education is the education and training of professional educators to serve children and youth who have exceptional challenges and require specialized support through educational, social, cognitive, rehabilitative, and/or behavioral management approaches to attain their maximum learning potential. In line with this primary objective, special education sees its role as contributing leadership in the areas of:
- Understanding differences among children and youth with disabilities
- The development and implementation of curriculum and intervention strategies
- The improvement of teacher-teacher, teacher-child, and teacher-parent relationships
- The integration of special education into total school programs.
The graduate candidates for master's degree and certificate of advanced study degree programs may choose one of several sequences of study leading to certification that provide the preparation required by the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and the Council for Exceptional Children. You may pursue a:
- Program leading to a Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate in teaching children and youth with disabilities in grades K through 12 (Comprehensive Special Education endorsement), or
- A cross-endorsement certificate in comprehensive special education when certification in classroom teaching has already been earned
We invite you to learn more about the program and its admission requirements, courses, internship opportunities, and faculty. Have more questions? Read our FAQs or contact us. We hope you'll find the program challenges you intellectually and enriches your life.