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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education Literacy, M.A.

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Also see
Special Education - Comprehensive, M.A.T.  
Early Childhood Education/Special Education, M.A.T.  
Special Education, M.A.  

The Special Education Literacy master’s degree is for licensed teachers or candidates who have completed the requirements for their teaching license. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. They receive 15-30 tuition-free credits of coursework, plus a stipend, in exchange for working with a partner school district as a reading/writing Tier II interventionist for a program that runs one to two years. This degree program places an emphasis on developing candidates’ reading intervention skills.

This program meets the new State Board of Education policy, which reads: Applicants for a professional educator certificate who are first certified in Connecticut after July 1, 2016, shall complete a minimum of 15 graduate credits of content or content pedagogy, either as part of or in addition to a master’s degree. 


  • Students are required to participate as an intern with a partner district
  • All courses must be completed at USJ


Students must earn a grade of B or better in their first attempt in their first two classes to remain in the program. They must earn a B or better in all courses for continuous progression throughout the program.


  • All courses must be completed at USJ
  • All courses must be completed successfully before registering for SPEC 598 - Thesis I  
  • All candidates must complete the Institutional Review Board process before registering for SPEC 598 - Thesis I  

Other opportunities In education

Laboratory schools

The School of Education benefits from two laboratory schools. The Gengras Center, an on campus school for students with significant disabilities, and the School for Young Children, an early childhood school nearby, offer students pre-professional opportunities in working with teachers, children and families.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education has been active at USJ since 2009. The society has a long-standing commitment to “recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperative support, and professional growth for educational professionals.” Letters of invitation are sent in March to students eligible for membership informing them of an April orientation meeting and an initiation ceremony in the spring.


The School of Education has partnerships with several school districts and agencies, which provide candidates the opportunity to interact with K-12 students under faculty supervision. Longstanding partnerships include: Bloomfield School District, Connecticut Department of Children and Family Services, and West Hartford Schools. Candidates are provided authentic opportunities to assess, teach and collaborate with others.


This internship is for licensed teachers. Selected interns, with a minimum GPA of 3.25, receive 15-30 credits of coursework plus a stipend for working in a school district as a reading tutor for up to two years. The program places an emphasis on developing candidates’ reading intervention skills. Also see Literacy, M.A.  for details.

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