MS in Special Education

Foster improved learning for each child's unique abilities.

There is a growing demand for teachers who possess the necessary special education skills needed to foster an inclusive classroom setting and create equal learning opportunities for all students. The ability to understand and embrace each student's unique skills and exceptionalities is the key to creating a comfortable and effective learning environment.

Whether you are currently a teacher looking to become certified in special education, or are simply looking to earn a masters of science in special education for your career, Quinnipiac's online program provides an ideal pathway for advancement. Students in this program will gain a deeper understanding of how students with special needs learn and how to design programs that allow these students to effectively learn together with their non-disabled peers in an inclusive settings. The program also provides a strong foundational knowledge of the laws governing special education including IDEA, 504, and the ADA.

This program is in alignment with the state of Connecticut's guidelines for the Comprehensive Special Education K-12 certification endorsement (CT #165). Teachers holding an initial certification in the state of Connecticut may elect to pursue a cross endorsement in special education upon completion of the program. All other students are still eligible to complete their MS in Special Education, but will not be able to pursue the cross endorsement without an initial teaching certification.

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 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 written under the guidance of a faculty member from the School of 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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