Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When are applications due?

A. Our application deadlines are listed online.

Q. What are the application requirements?

A. Our Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184 or toll-free (888) 488-6840.

Q. Do I need to take the GREs?

A. The GREs are not required, though they can be used to waive the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (formerly PRAXIS I) admission test. You can also waive the PRAXIS Core testing requirement with your SAT scores. Please review the waiver criteria on the website.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Tuition and fees for our graduate programs are listed on the Office of the Bursar website.

Q. Do I have to be a full-time student?

A. Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend part time because most of our students are working at least part time. Some of our students attend full time, however.

Q. When are courses offered?

A. Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for two hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

Q. What is the average class size?

A. We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 12 to 20.

Q. If I am already certified as a teacher, what do I have to do to complete the whole special education program?

A. Students who already hold a teaching certificate in another state-approved area are eligible for the cross-endorsement in special education. Please contact Dr. Deborah Edelman for more information on this program.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?

A. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 6 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students who start in the Fall semester, the program can be completed in about 2 years. For students who attend part time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students are required, however, to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

Q. What financial aid is available?

A. Our financial aid office can best answer that question for you. You may reach them by phoning (203) 254-4125 or by e-mailing them, and you can visit the financial aid website.

Our graduate assistantships provide tuition credit for work. Please see the Graduate Assistantship page for more  information.

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