Special Education: Specialization for Initial Certification or Teachers Seeking Cross Endorsement, M.S.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Special Education: Specialization for Initial Certification or 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.

Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of foundational issues in special education and their impact on the field.

  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, and appropriate instructional strategies.

  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze multiple forms of standardized and curriculum-based assessments and use that information for a variety of educational decisions.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use their knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for students with exceptional learning needs.

  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to select, adopt, and use instructional strategies to promote learning and to modify learning environments for students with exceptional learning needs.

  6. Students will promote professional, ethical, and collaborative practices in the field of special education

  7. Students will demonstrate knowledge of foundational issues in special education and their impact on the field.

  8. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, and appropriate instructional strategies.

  9. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze multiple forms of standardized and curriculum-based assessments and use that information for a variety of educational decisions.

  10. Students will demonstrate the ability to use their knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for students with exceptional learning needs.

  11. Students will demonstrate the ability to select, adopt, and use instructional strategies to promote learning and to modify learning environments for students with exceptional learning needs.

  12. Students will promote professional, ethical, and collaborative practices in the field of special education.