• Dr. Jennifer Freeman
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About Out Program

Our Special Education Program faculty specialize in one of four areas:

Early Intervention

  • Mary Beth Bruder

Literacy (Reading and Writing)

  • Michael Coyne
  • Devin Kearns
  • Natalie Olinghouse

Post-Secondary Transition

  • Allison Lombardi
  • Joseph Madaus

School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports

  • Jennifer Freeman
  • Brandi Simonsen
  • George Sugai

Interested in one these areas? Come Study with Us!

Our Special Education Program offers several options tailored for your specific career goals.

Are you seeking initial teacher certification?
Explore our Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Education Program or Teacher Certification for College Graduate Program.

Are you an educator looking to update or expand your knowledge of special education?
Check out our Master's in General Studies in Special Education.

Are you excited about special education research and ready for a career in which high-quality research helps make a difference in education?
Learn more about Special Education Ph.D. Program.

Programs of Interest

Photograph of Kaitlin Leonard, fully funded Ph.D. candidate in special education, Neag School of Education

Special Education Ph.D. Program

Immersion in research. Gain hands-on research experience working alongside special education faculty who are among the nation’s top experts in the field.

Career opportunities. Shape your professional future, whether conducting research at a major research university, influencing policy, or teaching the next generation of special educators.

Sought-after expertise. Acquire in-demand knowledge and skills in the most critical areas in special education including literacy, behavior supports, and transition.

National reputation. Join an outstanding special education program ranked consistently in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report.

Funding for full-time students, including tuition and a generous stipend, are now available.

APPLY BY DEC. 1, 2018.

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Master's Program: General Studies in Special Education

The General Studies program in special education provides graduate students with an opportunity to collaborate with their advisor to craft a 30-33 credit hour experience that meets their professional needs. The General Studies program is designed for a broad range of professionals (e.g., general or special education teachers, graduates in related fields) to provide in-depth learning and experiences related to supporting children and adults with disabilities and at risk for learning and behavioral difficulties.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Allison Lombardi, Assistant Professor
Phone: (860) 486 2213
allison.lombardi@uconn.edu

Graduate Certificate Program: Literacy Supports

The Literacy Supports specialization provides in-depth learning and experiences in theory and methods of literacy (reading and writing) instruction. Students will have specialized knowledge in literacy assessment and instruction for preK-12 students who exhibit difficulties acquiring and developing literacy skills.

The Literacy Supports specialization is for educators who:

  • are interested in improving literacy outcomes for students with disabilities and at-risk for failure
  • want to support all students in a variety of classroom settings within a RtI or SRBI framework
  • want to understand how to support the literacy needs of students in content areas
  • desire a more focused and intensive exploration and application of literacy theory, methods, and practices for
  • students with disabilities and at risk for learning difficulties
  • recognize the diverse learning needs of students in today’s classrooms

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Natalie Olinghouse, Associate Professor
Phone: (860) 486-6153
natalie.olinghouse@uconn.edu

Graduate Certificate Program: School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports

The SWPBS specialization provides in-depth understanding of SWPBS — a multi-tiered, proactive, and preventative approach to supporting student behavior in schools and classrooms. Students will examine theoretical and empirical support for SWPBS as well as implementation strategies appropriate for all students. A community practicum offers the opportunity to practice and observe implementation in a local school system.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Brandi Simonsen, Associate Professor
Phone: (860) 486-2763
E-mail: brandi.simonsen@uconn.edu

Graduate Certificate Program: Postsecondary Disability Services

Students with Disabilities are one of the fastest growing cohorts in higher education. The need for skilled professionals is growing along with it. To fill that need, UConn’s Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability is offering an online graduate certificate program that focuses on the administration and management of college and university level disability services. For more information, visit the certificate program's website and read the following brochure.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Allison Lombardi, Assistant Professor
Phone: (860) 486 2213
allison.lombardi@uconn.edu