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2020 - 2021 Catalog 
    
2020 - 2021 Catalog

Special Education, M.A.


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The Roger Williams University Master of Arts in Special Education is a full or part-time hybrid program for candidates interested in teaching students with exceptionalities, leading toward Rhode Island teacher certification in either elementary special education (36 credits) or secondary special education (38 credits). A non-licensure track (30 credits) is offered for practicing teachers who currently hold special education certification but seek a master’s degree in special education. The program curricula and assessment system are aligned to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Educator Professional Ethics and Standards and the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS).  The program has a particular focus on equity, culturally responsive and evidence-based teaching practices, and inclusion of students with high incidence disabilities.

4 + 1 Track


This program allows for exceptional Roger Williams University undergraduate elementary education or secondary education majors the opportunity to earn 6 graduate credits during their senior year and, if in good standing, continue on in one additional year of full-time study in the Master of Arts in Special Education Program (either elementary or secondary special education). Students accepted into this program take two courses (one in the fall and one in the spring semester) of their senior year. The remaining 8 courses for elementary special education candidates or 9 courses for secondary special education candidates are completed as matriculated graduate students in one full-time year of study. Candidates interested in this program must apply during their undergraduate junior year for conditional acceptance in this program

36 Credit hours for Elementary Special Education Track

38 Credit hours for Secondary Special Education Track*

Part-Time Track (2 years)


This program is designed for students seeking teacher certification in special education (either elementary or secondary) and will require two years of part-time graduate study.

36 Credit hours for Elementary Special Education Track

38 Credit hours for Secondary Special Education Track*

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