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