Master of Arts in Special Education with Cross-Endorsement

The MA in Special Education with a Cross-Endorsement in Special Education is designed to provide certified teachers with coursework designed to fulfill the cross-endorsement requirements for Special Education. 

Cross-endorsement in special education is 33 credits and is in alignment with the state of CT guidelines. All courses in each of the following content areas specified under the current Connecticut state cross-endorsement regulations must be taken.

Psycho-Educational Theory and Development of Handicapped Children
SE 0410Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theories and Interventions3
SE 0411Introduction to Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities3
SE 0413Theories of and Introduction to Learning Disabilities3
SE 0417Introduction to Children and Youth with Social and Emotional Disturbances3
Diagnosis of Handicapped Children
SE 0561Diagnostic Procedures in Special Education of Youth with Disabilities3
Program Planning and Evaluation of Handicapped Children
SE 0534Skill Development for Individualized Educational Plans3
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Handicapped Children
SE 0429Principles of Structured Literacy I: Fundamentals of Reading and Language Development3
SE 0537Curriculum and Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities3
Practica and Seminar
SE 0591Practica in Special Education 13
SE 0592Practica in Special Education 13
SE 0594Student Teaching and Practica Seminar in Special Education 13
Total Credits33

Candidates must pass the PRAXIS II in Special Education and the Foundations of Reading Test prior to taking the practica and seminar courses.

Master of Arts Degree Courses

The MA degree with cross-endorsement requires an additional 9 credits, in addition to those listed above.

SE 0419Special Learners in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom3
Select 6 elective credits from the following: 26
Theories of Learning
Psychoeducational Assessment I: Behavioral Approaches
Behavior Change Procedures
Measurement, Data Analysis, and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
Research and Evaluation in Multidisciplinary Contexts
Language and Reading Acquisition for English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs
Augmentative Alternative Communications and Assistive Technologies
Psychoeducational Issues in Special Education
Management Techniques in Special Education
Principles of Structured Literacy II: Essentials of Decoding and Encoding
Collaboration and Consultation for the Special Educator
Seminar in Special Education
SE 0099Comprehensive Examination in Special Education0
Total Credits9

In collaboration with academic advisor, candidates select courses from the recommended list. Courses from other graduate programs, such as RLD or Psychology, relevant to the candidate's area of focus in Special Education may be used to fulfill this requirement.