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M.A. in Special Education


child looking at the sky through gogglesThe M.A. in Special Education program is designed to meet the Council for Exceptional Children standards and the Rhode Island special education certification requirements in the area of mild to moderate disabilities in elementary special education (grades 1-6) or in secondary special education (grades 7-12).


M.A. in Special Education candidates will complete a total of 36 credits over either a 3-semester sequence (for full-time students) or a 5-semester sequence (for part-time students). The program provides a core base of knowledge about  students at the elementary level through pre-program requirements (elementary education certification) or students at the secondary level through pre-program requirements (secondary education certification), and an existing base of knowledge through successful completion of designated tasks and passing a written comprehensive examination.

Program Goals

The graduate program in special education provides candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work collaboratively with other school professionals to plan and implement high quality inclusive educational programs for students with mild or moderate disabilities, and to evaluate their teaching on an ongoing basis.

If you have teaching experience as a general education teacher, you will broaden your knowledge about students with disabilities, and will acquire new skills and knowledge to take on a more specialized role as a special educator. As you acquire skills and knowledge about assessment and curriculum for students with disabilities in inclusive settings, you will become a strong advocate for quality instructional programs, qualified to assume leadership positions in schools or districts.

Student Learning Outcomes and Program Assessment Curriculum Map (PDF)

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