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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education Literacy, M.A.

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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 30 tuition-free credits of coursework  in exchange for working with a partner school district as a reading/writing Tier II interventionist for a program that runs one year. This degree program places an emphasis on developing candidates’ reading intervention skills.


  • Must be a licenced teacher or eligible for licensure
  • 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 C or better in all courses for continuous progression throughout the program.

Comprehensive Exam

Students will be required to take a Comprehensive Exam after their coursework is completed as a capstone for the master’s degree.


Other opportunities In education

Laboratory schools

The Department of Education benefits from two laboratory schools. The Gengras Center, an on campus school for students with special needs, 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 Department 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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