Special Education Literacy, M.A.

Make a difference in the lives of students and families with the Special Education Literacy Internship, M.A.

USJ’s M.A. in Special Education Literacy Degree is available to licensed teachers and other professionals interested in obtaining a master’s degree to teach K-12 students with unique learning needs.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

USJ’s M.A. in Special Education Literacy Internship Program

  • The Special Education Literacy master’s degree is a one-year program 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 during the school year.
  • This degree program places an emphasis on developing candidates’ reading intervention skills. This master’s degree provides the minimum 15 credits of content pedagogy (reading) required by Connecticut.

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Program Requirements

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

Continuation Requirements

  • 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

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • SPEC 545 – Seminar in Intensive Intervention in Reading (3 Credits)
  • SPEC 547 – Practicum I: Reading Interventions (6 Credits)
  • SPEC 542 – Foundational Reading Interventions (3 Credits)
  • SPEC 548 – Practicum II: Reading Interventions (6 Credits)
  • SPEC 540 – Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions (3 Credits)
  • SPEC 574 – Seminar in Literary Assessment (3 Credits)
  • SPEC 530 – Research in Special Education (3 Credits)
  • SPEC 543 – Instructional Planning and Interventions in Special Education: Writing and Study Skills (3 Credits)

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