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. The MA with Cross-Endorsement program requires a total of 39 credits.

Cross-endorsement in special education (without the MA) is 30 credits and is in alignment with the State of Connecticut guidelines. Candidates must submit proof of their initial teaching certificate at time of application. 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
SPED 5410Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theories and Interventions3
SPED 5411Introduction to Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 5413Theories of and Introduction to Learning Disabilities3
SPED 5417Introduction to Children and Youth with Social and Emotional Disturbances3
Diagnosis of Handicapped Children
SPED 6561Diagnostic Procedures in Special Education of Youth with Disabilities3
Program Planning and Evaluation of Handicapped Children
SPED 6534Skill Development for Individualized Educational Plans3
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Handicapped Children
SPED 5486Developmental Literacy I: Fundamentals of Reading and Language Development3
SPED 6537Curriculum and Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 6951Practicum/DSAP in Special Education 13
SPED 6952Practicum/DSAP in Special Education 13
Total Credits30

The MA degree with cross-endorsement requires three additional courses and a passing score on the comprehensive exam, in addition to the requirements listed above.

SPED 5419Special Learners in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom3
SPED 6999Comprehensive Examination in Special Education0
Select two elective courses from the following: 26
Research and Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership
Theories of Learning
Psychoeducational Assessment I: Behavioral Approaches
Content Language & Reading Acquisition for English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs
Augmentative Alternative Communications and Assistive Technologies
Foundations in Research and Evaluation of Psychoeducational Issues in Special Education
Management Techniques in Special Education
Developmental Literacy II: Essentials of Vocabulary and Text Comprehension
Collaboration and Consultation for the Special Educator
Seminar in Special Education
Total Credits9