M.A. in Special Education

The M.A. in Special Education is designed to give teachers the necessary skills and information to teach in a self-contained special education classroom, work in a related field in special education, teach in a partnership in an inclusive education setting or practice as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. The goal of this program is to give teachers the skills to effectively teach students with disabilities. A required core of 21 credits fulfills the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement. The remaining credits consist of two specialized tracks.

M.A. in Special Education with TOSD Endorsement: For students who are certified educators in Pre-3, K-6 or K-12 and want to specialize in working with children with disabilities and earn the TOSD. (33 credits total)

M.A. in Special Education with TOSD Endorsement and LDT-C Certification: For students currently certified in education and want to specialize in working with children with disabilities and earn a TOSD Endorsement and LDT-C Certification. These students must have 3 years of documented teaching experience as a teacher with a STANDARD New Jersey Instructional Certificate. Letter substantiating this should be submitted on letterhead of school district. (36 credits total)

Admission RequirementsProgram Requirements
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for program entry
  • New Jersey certification in education and completion of three years documented full time successful teaching experience – for M.A. in Special Education with LDT-C Endorsement
  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcript
  • Two professional references
  • Submit a personal statement of a minimun of 2-3 pages describing reason for pursuing this graduate program in special education including what your career goals are for this area of specializtion
  • Personal interview

Required Core Course (21 credits):

This course sequence is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.
ED 521 Educational Practices for Students with Disabilities (3)
ED 523 The History of Special Education and the Law (3)
ED 525 Academic Assessment and Instructional Planning for Students with Individual Needs (3)
ED 530 Inclusive Classrooms and Technology (3)
ED 535 Neurophysiological Basis of Learning, Theories of Teaching for Students with Individual Needs (3)
ED 539 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Planning in Special Education (3)
ED 540 The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (3)

M.A. in Special Education with TOSD Endorsement –
Additional Required Courses (12 credits)
ED 564 Diagnosis and Corrections of Reading Difficulties (3)
ED 568 Remedial Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
ED 610 Education Research I (3)
ED 611 Education Research II (3)

M.A. in Special Education with TOSD Endorsement and LDT-C Certification –
Additional Required Courses (15 credits)

ED 559 Psychological Assessment for Learning Disabilities (3)
ED 568 Remedial Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
ED 613 Methods of Research in Learning Disabilities (3)
ED 614 Practicum in LDT-C I (minimum 45-hour supervised field experience) (3)
ED 615 Advanced Practicum in LDT-C II (minimum 45-hour supervised field experience) (3)

Transfer of Graduate Credit
Caldwell University will accept the transfer of six graduate credits (master’s degree) and three graduate credits (post-baccalaureate degree) provided the credits were completed within five years of previous graduate work at another institution of higher learning. A description of each course must be submitted for review at time of application. Acceptance is pending review of the course and submission of official transcripts to the program coordinator. 

CAPSTONE OF OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

As the capstone requirement of the M.A. in Special Education, students must successfully complete two semester capstone courses, ED 610 Education Research I & ED 611 Education Research II. In these classes, students will first complete a review of literature in a particular area within special education. They will then design and conduct an action research paper.

The M.A. in Special Education with Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant capstone requirement consists of completion of ED 613 Methods of Research in Learning Disabilities which includes a completed design of a case study in the field along with completion of ED 614 Practicum in LDT-C I and ED 615 Advanced Practicum in LDT-C II which includes a minimum of 90 hours in field experience with a certified LDT-C for degree completion and state endorsement.


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