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

Graduate Teacher Licensure in Early Childhood/Special Education

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Also see

Graduate Teacher Licensure in Education  
Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education  
Graduate Teacher Licensure Progression  
Early Childhood Education/Special Education, M.A.T.  
Education, M.A. in Teaching Secondary Education  
Special Education - Comprehensive, M.A.T.  

Accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education:

  • Early Childhood Special Education: Nursery-Grade 3

Program outcomes

The candidate will:

  • Understand young children within a developmental, social and cultural context
  • Appreciate the integrated nature of academic and social competence in the early childhood years
  • Work collaboratively with families, social service personnel, health care providers and other professionals to meet the individual and comprehensive needs of all children
  • Design and implement developmentally sound and contextually relevant learning experiences for young children

Requirements may change
The State of Connecticut Department of Education regulates licensure requirements. Therefore, the University reserves the right to make changes as necessary to meet the state regulations for teacher licensure.

Teacher Licensure in Integrated Early Childhood / Special Education

Nursery-K with Elementary 1-3
This license endorses teachers for positions in nursery to Grade 3 programs.

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.

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