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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 1/22/2020.

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 two years or less.

Flexible

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, and intellectual disabilities 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. Our program offers three tracks to best serve the needs of our students:

  • Master of Education in Special Education – Advanced Program: This track is designed for teachers who have an Initial or Provisional Certificate in Special Education and would like to qualify to apply to the state of Connecticut for the next level of certification. The track is also ideal for non-certified teachers and non-teachers who want to gain expertise in the field of special education, such as behavior specialists, instructional coordinators, homeschoolers, and parents of special needs children.
  • Master of Education in Special Education – Cross Endorsement Program: This track is designed for licensed teachers who hold a valid Connecticut teaching certificate in another area (e.g., elementary education, secondary education etc.) Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply to the state of Connecticut to add an additional endorsement in Special Education to their teaching certificate.
  • Master of Education in Special Education – Initial Certificate Program: This track is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and would like to enter the special education teaching profession. This could include substitute teachers, para educators, school psychologists, and individuals who want to become teachers. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply to the state of Connecticut for the Initial Teaching Certificate in Special Education.
  • Most courses include project-based learning, applying lessons learned in actual classroom settings. Guided by experienced faculty, you will develop a deeper understanding of required competencies.

    For the Advanced Program, capstone projects are research projects completed by collaborating with a faculty advisor in a real-world classroom setting over two semesters.

    Students in the Cross Endorsement and Initial Certificate programs choose which areas of special education to focus on and complete two student teaching experiences (6 practicum credits).

    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

    860.788.4626
    online@hartford.edu

    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:

    Bachelor's
    degree

    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.

    Applicants to the Cross Endorsement program must hold a valid Connecticut teaching certificate in another area (e.g., elementary education, secondary education etc.) to be eligible for admission.

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    Program Requirements and Course Details

    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 – Advanced Program

    30 Total Credits

    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
    EDH 605 Integrating Technology for Learning Achievement
    EDH 606 Designing and Implementing Research to Practice II
    Master Of Education In Special Education – Cross Endorsement and Initial Certificate Programs

    36 Total Credits

    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
    EDH 605 Integrating Technology for Learning Achievement
    EDH 611 Program Planning and the Law

    Student Teaching Experience: Students are required to complete two practicum experiences (6 credits). Students who are on DSAP (Durational Shortage Permit) are advised on an individual basis for student teaching requirements.

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