Special Education Literacy, M.A.

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

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

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About USJ’s M.A. in Special Education Literacy Program:

  • 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 15-30 tuition-free credits of coursework, plus a stipend, in exchange for working with a partner school district as a reading/writing Tier II interventionist for a program that runs one to two years.
  • This degree program places an emphasis on developing candidates' reading intervention skills.

    This program meets the new State Board of Education policy, which reads: Applicants for a professional educator certificate who are first certified in Connecticut after July 1, 2016, shall complete a minimum of 15 graduate credits of content or content pedagogy, either as part of or in addition to a master's degree.



  • 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 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


  • All courses must be completed at USJ
  • All courses must be completed successfully before registering for SPEC 598 - Thesis I
  • All candidates must complete the Institutional Review Board process before registering for SPEC 598 - Thesis I

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