This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
The Master of Science in Special Education: Specialization for Initial Certification and Teachers Seeking Cross Endorsement serves two audiences: applicants who, after receiving an undergraduate degree that did not lead to teacher certification, want to pursue coursework leading to teacher certification in special education, as well as teachers who hold a current Connecticut Teaching Certificate in elementary, secondary, or K-12 education. This master's level Specialization provides coursework that leads to initial certification or a cross endorsement in Special Education. Nationally accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), this program also meets certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Program Learning Outcomes:
1. Possess strong knowledge of content, content pedagogy, and learner development (typical and atypical).
2. Create an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment.
3. Use data, content knowledge, and evidence-based pedagogical content knowledge to critically examine practice for the purpose of improving student learning.
4. Design and deliver instructional and assessment strategies that facilitate significant learning for all students including struggling learners and those with disabilities.
5. Design, deliver, and assess literacy/language strategies to deepen literacy and content learning.
6. Act collaboratively, ethically, and responsibly to ensure student growth and advance the profession.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00) or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.
The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.
Prerequisites for students seeking initial certification: SPED 501, SPED 502, LLA 509.
Students are required to take SPED 532 for 3 credits.
Student Teaching or Practicum
SPED 520 to be taken concurrently with SPED 523, SPED 524, SPED 525, and SPED 526.
Research and Capstone Requirements
SPED 596 and SPED 597: Plan E