Special Education, M.S. - Interdisciplinary
For further information: SpecialEdGrad@southernct.edu
All Master ’s degrees in special education require 30 credits, as well as a culminating experience. Some graduate courses may require field experiences. Courses should not be taken without an adviser’s approval.
Graduate students can work towards a Master of Science degree in Special Education in a variety of concentration areas, including Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities and Interdisciplinary Special Education. Sixth-year professional diplomas in Applied Behavior Analysis and Assistive Technology are also offered.
Admission and program requirements are as follows:
- 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
- The program must include 30 credits at the 500 level or above
- Each student must choose an area of concentration for the master's program from the
- Learning Disabilities
- Emotional Behavioral Disorders
- Adaptive Technology
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
An interview, essay and two letters of recommendation are required for admission. However, additional materials may be required. Please contact an adviser for additional information.
The program includes a culminating requirement such as a comprehensive exam or a thesis. Contact the Special Education and Reading Office for information on acceptance to the program.
Interdisciplinary Special Education — 30 Credits
- IDS 553 — Grant Writing and Funding Sources — 3 credits
- IDS 562 — Child Abuse: An American Problem — 3 credits
- SED 516 — Field Studies in Special Education — 3 credits
- SED 519 — Clinical Practices in Intellectual Disabilities — 3 credits
- SED 560 — Planning for Individuals with Special Needs — 3 credits
- SED 600 — Directed Study and Research — 3 credits
- SED 605 — Administration and Supervision of Programs for Individuals with Special Needs — 3 credits
*9 credits of graduate electives may be chosen from special education or related courses with advisor approval, but these may not be credits that have applied to a previous degree. These courses may be any graduate level course from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, or School or Health and Human Services.
*Comprehensive Exam in Interdisciplinary is Required.
Special Education Comprehensive Examination Schedule
- Fall — Study Session: to be announced (see website). Comprehensive Examination: Typically given on the third Saturday in November, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Spring — Study Session: to be announced (see website). Comprehensive Examination: Typically given on the first Saturday in April, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
NOTE: If Easter falls on the first Sunday in April, comprehensive examinations will be held on the second Saturday.