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Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University


Great educators have the ability to change lives. At Quinnipiac, our mission is to prepare our candidates for 21st-century careers in education as teachers, leaders and designers of learning environments and materials. We strive to empower our graduates to affect change within themselves and others to move toward a more just and equitable society.

We offer a variety of programs to prepare you for a range of jobs in the field of education. People with degrees in education not only work in schools; they work in corporations, in healthcare, in law organizations, in universities and in many other settings. In addition to their day jobs, these individuals are often athletic coaches, career advisors and community volunteers.

Our undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs immerse you in the art and science of teaching and learning. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively, structure engaging lessons and learning resources, manage a classroom and leverage educational technology. Most importantly, you’ll develop the skills to ensure that learners of all levels and backgrounds have every opportunity to succeed.

Classes are taught by accomplished faculty members with deep educational and industry experience. Small class sizes afford the opportunity for personal guidance and feedback for each student. Prospective classroom teachers will complete extensive fieldwork, which will give you both hands-on experience and the benefit of reduced tuition.

Whether you aspire to become a new teacher, switch career paths, move into administration or develop skills in the design of digital learning materials — we have programs for every career stage.

Learn more about Quinnipiac:

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  • North Haven, CT

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I landed an offer before I even graduated. That’s rare. It shows how well the program prepared me for the interview process. I still send my old professors questions and ideas about curriculum and pedagogy. They always make the time for me.

Michael Syrotiak

Quinnipiac University


Bachelor’s + master’s & certification

Special Education: BA or BS/MAT (4+1)

  • 60 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Our Dual-Degree Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (4+1) prepares graduates for a wide range of roles throughout the field of special education. Graduates from the program will master the skills necessary to foster a learning environment that caters to students as they navigate learning disabilities and behavioral or emotional disorders. As a 4+1 MAT student, your internship experience in a school during your graduate year will provide significant savings on tuition through the tuition remission program.

This dual-degree program allows you to complete your bachelor‘s degree in any major, along with a master‘s degree in teaching and your special education teaching certificate within 5 years. Completing your master‘s degree immediately after earning your bachelor‘s degree allows you to continue your teaching career uninterrupted, as maintaining your professional license to teach in most states requires the completion of a master‘s degree during the first 6-8 years of teaching.

With courses that explore the needs of students with autism and communication disorders, dyslexia and math disorders, reading disorders and more, graduates of this dual-degree program will have a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by students with specific learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and emotional disorders. Throughout the program, future leaders in the field of special education will master how to develop and implement individualized education programs and 504 plans, conduct functional behavioral assessments and design behavioral intervention programs—all in an effort to prepare them for success in many roles within the field.

Save Money on Graduate Tuition

Students in the BA or BS/MAT program pay different rates for undergraduate and graduate tuition. You will work with our undergraduate admissions and financial aid team as you apply to Quinnipiac, and when it’s time to enroll in your graduate program, you’ll work closely with the graduate financial aid office and take advantage of our tuition-paid internship program.


Annual Undergraduate Cost

Graduate Cost



Internship Tuition Waiver

n/a– $15,470



Learn more about tuition costs.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Nov. 01, 2024

  • Nov. 15, 2024

  • Feb. 01, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

Learn how to get$100 Back
and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $53,090

    In State Tuition

  • $53,090

    Out of State Tuition

  • $45

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Quinnipiac University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Quinnipiac University to see if you can, too!



Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Approximately 85 percent of Quinnipiac University's student body receives financial aid through scholarships, grants, on-campus jobs and/or student loans.

For more information visit: Financial Aid Office



Internship Tuition Waiver

In the Dual-Degree MAT (4+1) Special Education program, you'll receive significant cost savings while pursuing your graduate degree. Your first graduate courses begin immediately after you complete your undergraduate degree during the summer semesters; these are the only semesters you will be responsible for paying the full tuition and fees. You will then begin interning in a school while attending evening courses throughout the fall, J-Term and spring semesters. The work you complete during this internship will cover more than 40 percent of your tuition!

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office


Comprehensive Special Education, Grades K-12
For more information, visit: Admissions

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