Special Education, M.S. - Interdisciplinary
For further information: SpecialEdGrad@southernct.edu
All Master ’s degrees in special education require a minimum 30 credits, as well as a culminating experience. Six credits at the 300–400 level may be included with adviser's approval. Those who wish to earn a Master of Science degree in this field are required to complete a planned program of study developed in consultation with an adviser. Some graduate courses may require field experiences. Courses should not be taken without an adviser’s approval.
Admission and program requirements are as follows:
- 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
- The program can include 24 credits at the 500 level or above and six credits at the 300 or 400 level. (30 credit total)
- Each student must choose an area of concentration for the master's program from the
- Learning Disabilities
- Seriously Emotionally Disabled
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Adaptive Technology
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
An interview, essay and two letters of recommendation are required for admission.
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. If a student is also pursuing initial certification or cross endorsement in special education on the graduate level, 6 credits from the 300-400 level may be applied toward the 30 credit MS program. These 6 credits from the 300-400 level may only be applied if they have not already been applied to another degree.
*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.
NOTE: The comprehensive examination for the Early Childhood Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities concentration are offered in the fall only.