SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

CONTACTS

Department Chair
Mitchell Beck, Ed.D.
beckm@ccsu.edu

Department Secretary
Anne Dubiel
dubiela@ccsu.edu

P: 860.832.2400
F: 860.832.2145

Location:
Barnard Hall
2nd. floor-220.0000

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

For teachers certified in other areas

 

This program is for teachers with current certification in either elementary or secondary education. There are two strands to this program.

Strand A is for currently certified elementary or secondary teachers who are not seeking a cross endorsement in special education. Candidates investigate how to enrich their current teaching by studying the characteristics and education of exceptional learners. In addition, students complete an action research course to enable them to put into practice, in their own classrooms, the skills and techniques they learn from their coursework.

Strand B is for currently certified (Connecticut initial, provisional, or professional certification required) elementary or secondary teachers who are seeking a cross endorsement in special education. Upon completion of this program, a student can apply to the Connecticut State Department of Education and, through a transcript review, receive a cross endorsement in special education within the same age range as their original teaching certificate. The capstone (culminating) experience in Strand B is also an action research project in which the student investigates teaching/curriculum development strategies for use with exceptional students. There are no electives in this 36-39 credit program and the student and his/her advisor must develop a sequence of courses that contains the requirement leading to a cross endorsement in special education.

 

Strand A

Completion of Planned Program Does Not Provide Coursework That May Lead to a Cross Endorsement in Special Education (30 credits)

Professional Requirements (6 cr.)

  • SPED 532 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (3)

and

  • SPED 566 - Legal and Administrative Issues in Special Education (3)

Research Requirements (9 cr.)

  • SPED 596 Designing Action Research in Special Education (Plan E) (3)
    ** Fall semester only
  • SPED 597 Implementing and Documenting Action Research (Plan E) (3)
    *** Spring semester only
  • SPED 598 Research in Special Education (3)
    * must be taken before SPED 596; summer only.

Specialization Requirements (15 cr.)

Choose 6 credits from:

  • SPED 511 Behavioral/ Emotional Disorders (3)
  • SPED 512 Learning Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 513 Developmental Disabilities (3)

Choose at least 9 credits from: *

  • SPED 506 Foundations of Language for the Exceptional Child (3)
  • SPED 510 Inclusive Education (3)
  • SPED 536 Introduction to the Autistic Child (3)
  • SPED 541 Transition Services (3)
  • SPED 560 Crisis Intervention in the Schools (3)
  • SPED 578 The Juvenile Offender as an Exceptional Learner (3)
  • SPED 580 The Special Education Teacher as Consultant (3)
  • SPED 581 Assistive Technology in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 595 Special Topics (3)

* Other courses offered in the department of special education may be substituted as they become available; i.e., special topics.

Strand B

Completion of Planned Program Provides Coursework
That May Lead to a Cross Endorsement in Special Education
(42 or 43 credits)

Professional Requirements (3 cr.)

  • SPED 532 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (3)

Research Requirements (9 cr.)

  • SPED 598 - Research in Special Education (3) * must be taken prior to SPED 596; summer only.
  • SPED 596 - Designing Action Research in Special Education (Plan E) (3)
    ** Fall semester only
  • SPED 597 - Implementing and Documenting Action Research in Special Education (Plan E) ( (3)
    *** Spring semester only

Specialization Requirements (25 cr.)

  • SPED 511 - Behavioral/ Emotional Disorders (3)
  • SPED 512 - Learning Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 513 - Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 514 - Cognitive Behavior Management and Social Skills Strategies (3)
  • SPED 515 - Assessment in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 516 - Instructional Programming for Students with Exception. (3)
  • SPED 517 - Instructional Methods for Students with Special Needs – Elementary (3)
  • SPED 518 - Instructional Methods for Students with Special Needs – Secondary (3)
  • SPED 520 - Seminar in Special Education (1) - must be taken concurrently with SPED 521 and SPED 522

AND

Two of the following:

  • SPED 521 - Student Teaching in Special Education - Elementary (3)
  • SPED 522 - Student Teaching in Special Education - Secondary (3)
      OR
  • SPED 523 - Practicum in Special Education - Elementary (3)
  • SPED 524 - Practicum in Special Education - Secondary (3)

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