MS in Special Education

Foster equal learning opportunities for each child's unique abilities.

As the "Child Find" component of IDEA provide interventions for children with special needs as early as birth, there is a growing demand for highly trained educators who embrace each child's unique gifts and provide engaging, differentiated learning opportunities in an environment that makes all children feel valued and able to successfully access the curriculum.

The MS in Special Education with cross endorsement program at Quinnipiac provides working professionals with an initial teaching certificate with a pathway to earn the CT 165 Comprehensive Certificate in Special Education K-12. Students in this program will gain a deeper understanding of children with special needs, the supports they require and the laws that protect them. Coursework will provide a strong fundamental knowledge of IDEA, special education law and ethics. Additionally, the program delves into assessment, planning, instruction, and evaluation for children with special needs.

Those without teaching certification are still eligible to pursue their MS in Special Education. For individuals working in social work, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, psychology, speech, or a related field this pathway offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the impacts of various disabilities on a child's social, emotional and educational life.

Fall Application Deadline: August 16th
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Programs of Study & Curriculum

The core requirements of the master of science in special education program provide students with a thorough understanding of IDEA, the laws, learning theories, and instructional strategies to address and support individual students with disabilities. Students then move on to a capstone experience based on their chosen path. Curriculum information for both paths is available below.

MS in Special Education with a CT Cross Endorsement

Teachers who are currently certified in the state of Connecticut seeking the Comprehensive Special Education K-12 certification endorsement (CT #165) as part of their MS in Special Education will complete a total of 36 credit hours. This includes 30 credits of foundational coursework and a 6-credit capstone consisting of two 3-credit practica in two different areas of special education. Please note that this option is only available to teachers seeking an endorsement in Connecticut at this time.

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MS in Special Education Only

Professionals seeking the MS in special education only will complete a total of 30 credit hours. Students in the master of science program will complete 27 credit hours of foundational coursework and round out their program with a 3-credit capstone thesis that allows you to conduct a research proposal based on a specific area of interest within special education.

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Today's educators have access to an increasingly connected global community and an abundance of digital resources. In addition to connecting our candidates to those resources, Quinnipiac University's School of Education has a collaborative community of its own, both online and off. That community includes our outstanding faculty members – experienced educators, top practitioners and scholars–who guide and support students through our programs every step of the way.

This environment prepares candidates for fulfilling careers in education and human development by cultivating:

  • An ability to engage in sound practice that is informed by educational theory
  • A commitment to equity and social justice
  • A deeply reflective and mindful approach to their work

By fostering personal as well as intellectual transformation, we aim to prepare innovators committed to positive social change, who will have a meaningful impact on the lives and futures of learners.

Admission Requirements


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