Special Education, M.S. - Emotional and Behavior Disorders
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.
Master of Science in Special Education: Emotional and Behavior Disorders — 30 Credits
- SED 523 — Developmental Intervention with the Seriously Emotionally Disabled — 3 credits
- SED 525 — Affective Education Techniques to Promote Social/Emotional Growth — 3 credits
- SED 526 — Seminar in Education of the Seriously Emotionally Disabled — 3 credits
- SED 529 — Clinical Practices with the Seriously Emotionally Disabled — 3 credits
- SED 524 — Problems in Education of Children with Serious Emotional Disabilities — 3 credits
- SED 527 — Classroom Group Processes with Exceptional Children — 3 credits
- SED 620 — The Adolescent with Serious Emotional Disabilities — 3 credits
- SED 621 — Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills in Education — 3 credits
*12 credits of graduate electives may be chosen from special education or related courses with an advisor approval, but these may not be credits that have been applied to a previous degree. These courses may be any graduate level course in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, or School in 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 300-400 level may be applied toward the 30 credit M.S. 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 Emotional and Behavior Disorders 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.