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Special Education

Fairfield University

24 months
815 USD/credit 12225 USD/year
815 USD/credit 12225 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Special Education from Fairfield University teaches professional instructors to apply specialized support to students with challenges through educational, social, cognitive, rehabilitative, and behavioral management approaches.


The graduate candidates for Special Education master's degree and sixth year certificate of advanced study (SYC) programs may choose one of several sequences of study that provide the preparation required by the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and the Council for Exceptional Children.


  • The primary objective of Special Education from Fairfield University is the education and training of professional educators to serve children and youth who have exceptional challenges and require specialized support through educational, social, cognitive, rehabilitative, and/or behavioral management approaches to attain their maximum learning potential.
  • In line with this primary objective, Special Education sees its role as contributing leadership in the areas of theory; assessment; understanding differences among children and youth with disabilities; the development and implementation of curriculum and intervention trategies; the improvement of teacher-teacher, teacher-child, and teacher-parent relationships; and the integration of special education into total school programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Augmentative Alternative Communications and Assistive Technologies
  • Foundations in Research and Evaluation of Psychoeducational Issues in Special Education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theories and Interventions
  • Theories of and Introduction to Learning Disabilities
  • Disturbances
  • Special Learners in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom
  • Management Techniques in Special Education
  • Developmental Literacy: Fundamentals of Reading and Language
  • Development
  • Developmental Literacy: Essentials of Vocabulary and Text
  • Comprehension
  • Comprehensive Examination in Special Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. 


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online
  • Submit the $60 application fee
  • Answer "Yes" to the Non-Matriculated student question
  • Choose term to begin course work
  • Upload unofficial undergraduate transcript with degree posted to application file

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12225 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 815 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12225 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 815 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Fairfield

1736 - 2740 USD /month
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