University of Hartford

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Master of Education in Special Education (MEd)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Special Education (MEd)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online master's program in special education prepares students to be highly competent teaching professionals - deeply knowledgeable in a range of disciplines and proficient in sensitively collaborating with families and other educational specialists in learning systems.

Unique strengths of the online program include:
• Convenience: The online mode of instruction is convenient and self-paced and allows students to learn from the comfort of their home or office.  
• Strong preparation in broad range of disabilities: The rigorous academic program touches on learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral issues, and intellectual disabilities, and prepares professionals to teach effectively across the learning spectrum.
• Project-based learning in real-world settings: Most courses include project-based learning in which students apply lessons learned in real classrooms. Guided by our experienced faculty, students develop a deeper understanding of required competencies.
• Research in the field: A capstone project is required of all students in order to graduate. Spanning two semesters, this action research project is completed in real classroom settings in collaboration with a faculty advisor.

To complete the program, students are required to complete 30 credit hours in a two-year sequence. Each of the course offerings is designed to maximize individual engagement through relevant, interactive and collaborative instruction.

Course objectives and outcomes are achieved through learning experiences that promote collegial discourse, collaborative problem solving, and reflective practice, including performance-based applications that require participants to apply specific content and competencies to their professional practice.

Deadlines and Dates

Admission into the master’s program in special education can occur for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The online Masters in Special Education uses a rolling admissions process; however, students are encouraged to apply at least one month prior to intended start date.

Required Credits (30 minimum)

The proposed program of study is comprised of a cohesive framework of courses that are well grounded in important theoretical studies; a progressive sequence of field-based/experiential learning opportunities to allow for the application of such theoretical models in the school environment; and an integrated research requirement that serves the program’s capstone experiences.

EDH 501 Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures
EDH 502 Classroom Environment and Management
EDH 503 Collaboration and Consultation Procedures
EDH 504 Life Skills and Transition Strategies
EDH 601 The Assessment Process
EDH 602 Academic and Curricular Strategies: Reading and Writing
EDH 603 Academic and Curricular Strategies: STEM Education
EDH 604 Designing and Implementing Research to Practice I
EDH 605 Integrating Technology for Learning Achievement
EDH 606 Designing and Implementing Research to Practice II

Students who don't have a background in education or those who have not taken an introductory class in special education will be required to take EDH 510 - Theoretical Foundations of Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Costs of Attendance
Students in the graduate program in special education program are charged the per-credit hour rate. The 2015-2016 academic year per-credit-hour rate is $540.

International Student Admission
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Program Learning Outcomes
1. To prepare exemplary special education professionals (teachers and related services personnel) to provide all students with quality educational experiences and be their advocate.
2. To prepare teaching professionals to be positive agents of change within their educational environments.
3. To develop highly qualified special education professionals to apply evidenced-based strategies and collaborative and ethical practices with students and colleagues.
4. To prepare highly qualified special education professionals with multiple opportunities to bridge theory with practice.

Program Contact
Sheetal Sood
Director of Special Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
Hillyer 222


The College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions at the University of Hartford is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) September 20, 2015 through September 23, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements:

The following application materials must be filed with the Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services: • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources • Completed online University of Hartford application for graduate study • Application fee of $50 (may be paid online) • A letter of intent specifying the reasons for seeking admission • A résumé outlining related education and professional experience

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $540 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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