Master’s/Sixth-Year Program Overview

Master’s and Sixth-Year Programs are 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.

The Master’s and Sixth-Year programs provide advanced study in three areas of specialty with nationally known faculty researchers:

  • Literacy Supports for Students at Risk for Learning Difficulties
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS)
  • Transition and Postsecondary Supports
  • Students also may design an individualized plan of study with the approval of their advisor

These Graduate Programs in Special Education are for educators who:

  • Want advanced specialized knowledge and skills in positive behavioral supports, literacy supports, or transition and postsecondary supports;
  • Are interested in increasing the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills in supporting the increasingly diverse learning needs of students in today’s classrooms;
  • Want to support all students, including students with disabilities and at risk for learning and/or behavior difficulties, in a variety of classroom settings within a Response to Intervention (a.k.a. SRBI in CT) framework;


Funding available for full time masters students in special education who wish to be part of a national consortium in early childhood for students with high intense needs including Autism. Join a cohort of interdisciplinary scholars who will focus on young children with Autism. For further information, you may download a flyer, or contact Mary Beth Bruder, PhD at


For more information about the Master of Arts in Special Education Program:

Master’s Program Brochure

Masters Program Handbook


Sixth-Year Gainful Employment Disclosure