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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood/Special Education, M.A.

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The M.A. in Early Childhood/Special Education is a program for licensed teachers in Connecticut that aligns with the State Department of Education’s requirements for a cross-endorsement as an Early Childhood/Special Education teacher (grades PK-3 licensure and grades PK-K Special Education licensure; CT Certification #113).

Program Outcomes

  • Learn best practices in curriculum and instruction in early childhood education
  • Develop equitable teaching practices that support the learning of all students
  • Complete and collaborate in field-based program that connects theory and practice

Acceptance Requirements

  1. Graduate admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  2. A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  4. Two sealed official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any prior graduate work
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s suitability to work with children and families. The cover form for these letters is available on the University website. Note: Recommendations must be from individuals who are not family members, personal friends, or members of the School of Education at the University of Saint Joseph
  6. Letter of intent

Continuation Requirements

Candidates must earn a C or better in all courses for continuous progress through the program. After 12 credits, candidates must maintain a GPA of 2.67 or higher throughout the program.

Exit Requirements

Students must complete a comprehensive evaluation to meet the university Master of Arts requirement. Successful completion of ECSE 595 - Independent Study  satisfies this requirement for the Master of Arts Early Childhood/Special Education.

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