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Earn Your Master of Education in Special Education Completely Online

The Master of Education in Special Education prepares leading educators to implement effective learning environments for individuals with disabilities.

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Strong preparation in a broad range of learning disabilities, emotional issues, and behavioral concerns.

High Demand

As the number of students requiring special education instruction increases, so does the demand for highly trained special education professionals.

Real-World, Project-Based Learning

Apply concepts from the cross-categorical special education program in
real classroom settings.

Meaningful Connections

Build collaborative relationships with faculty and students alike.

7-week courses

No need to wait. There are three entry points each year. The next start date is 9/4/2019.

Fully online

Complete coursework anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection without ever having to visit the campus.

24 months

Complete the program in as few as two years.


Most students take one course at a time for a healthy work / life balance.

Learning Online at Hartford

The University of Hartford prepares you to become a highly competent teaching professional—deeply knowledgeable in a range of disciplines related to the unique needs of children with disabilities, highly skilled in instruction, and proficient in sensitively collaborating with families and other educational specialists in learning systems.

This rigorous program touching on learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral issues, prepares you to teach effectively across the learning spectrum. Training with a range of special education students makes you versatile in the workplace, allowing for greater career advancement opportunities. Students who have an initial certificate in Special Education can complete the Online Master of Education in Special Education program to apply to the state of Connecticut for the Professional Teaching Certificate.

Most courses include project-based learning, applying lessons learned in actual classroom settings. Guided by experienced faculty, you will develop deeper understanding of required competencies. Capstone projects are research projects completed by collaborating with a faculty advisor in a real-world classroom setting over two semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. To prepare exemplary special education professionals (teachers and related services personnel) to provide all students with quality educational experiences and be their advocate.
  2. To prepare teaching professionals to be positive agents of change within their educational environments.
  3. To develop highly qualified special education professionals to apply evidenced-based strategies and collaborative and ethical practices with students and colleagues.
  4. To prepare highly qualified special education professionals with multiple opportunities to bridge theory with practice.
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Questions or Concerns

Please direct questions to your dedicated Online Admissions Counselor


Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you would like to get started with the financial aid process, please fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the University of Hartford school code: 001422.

Admissions Requirement

To be eligible for admission, you must have the following:


Regional or national accreditation in
any field; related field preferred.

A minimum undergraduate
GPA of 3.0

Exceptions may be considered
if close to GPA minimum.


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Program Requirements and Course Details

30 (credits minimum)

Students who do not have an educational background or who have not taken an introductory special education course will take EDH 510: Theoretical Foundations of Children and Adults with Special Needs concurrently with their first course in the program.

Master of Education in Special Education Core Curriculum
EDH 501 Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures
EDH 502 Classroom Environment and Management
EDH 503 Collaboration and Consultation Procedures
EDH 504 Life Skills and Transition Strategies
EDH 601 The Assessment Process
EDH 602 Academic and Curricular Strategies: Reading and Writing
EDH 603 Academic and Curricular Strategies: STEM Education
EDH 604 Designing and Implementing Research to Practice I
EEDH 605 Integrating Technology for Learning Achievement
EDH 606 Designing and Implementing Research to Practice II

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