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M.A. in Special Education

The 36-credit 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 (LDT-C). The goal of this program is to give teachers the skills to effectively teach students with disabilities.

Caldwell offers 4 different strands within the M.A. in Special Education:

  • Strand 1 serves those who have a CEAS or a STANDARD teaching certificate and want to earn the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement.
  • Strand 2 serves teachers who have three or more years of documented teaching experience, a STANDARD teaching certificate, and wish to earn the TOSD and LDT-C.
  • Strand 3 serves teachers who have the TOSD Endorsement and want to earn the M.A. in Special Education. A core of 21 credits, required as part of.
  • Strand 4 serves those who have a CEAS or a STANDARD teaching certificate and want to earn the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Strand 1,  2, and 4 fulfill the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for the TOSD Endorsement.

Admission RequirementsProgram Requirements
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for program entry
  • New Jersey certification in education. Strand 2 also requires three or more years of documented full-time successful teaching experience
  • 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

Program Requirements (36 credits) :

Strand 1: Master of Arts in Special Education with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement ( TOSD ) – 36 credits

  • ED 522  Application of Special Education Law for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 527  Assessment Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 530  Adaptive Technologies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 535  Application of Brain Based Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 536  Special Reading Programs for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 539  Theory, Principles and Application of Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 540  The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (3)
  • Completing the above 21 credits meets requirements for TOSD Endorsement
  • ED 564  Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (3)
  • ED 568  Remedial Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
  • ED 610 Educational Research I (3)
  • ED 611 Education Research II (3)
  • Elective  Interdisciplinary (C&I or Literacy) or Advisor Approval (3)

Strand 2: Master of Arts in Special Education for Teachers of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Certification (LDT-C). 3 Year of Documented Teaching Experience and a STANDARD Certification is required for this Program – 36 credits

  • ED 522  Application of Special Education Law for Students with  Disabilities (3)
  •  ED 559  Assessment of Learning Disabilities and Instructional Planning Techniques Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)  
  • ED 530  Adaptive Technologies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 535  Application of Brain Based Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 536  Special Reading Programs for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 539  Theory, Principles and Application of Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • ED 540  The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (3)
  • Completing the above 21 credits meets requirements for TOSD Endorsement
  • ED 613  Methods of Research for LD and Instructional Strategies Based on Assessment (3)
  • ED 610  Educational Research I (3)
  • ED 611  Educational Research II (3)
  • ED 614  Practicum in LDT-C  I(minimum of 45 hours supervised field experience) (3)
  • ED 615  Advanced Practicum in LDT-C II (minimum of 45 hours supervised field experience) (3)

Strand 3: Master of Arts in Special Education

Required:  TOSD Endorsement – 36 Credits

 Required Courses (15 credits)

  •   ED 522  Application of Special Education Law for Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 527  Assessment Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 535  Application of Brain Based Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 536  Special Reading Programs for Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 539 Theory, Principles and Application for Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities (3)

 Electives – Select 5 courses from the list below:

  •   ED 530  Adaptive Technologies for  Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 534  Instruction and Assessment of Writing for Special Needs Students (3)
  •   ED 540  The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (3)
  •   ED 568  Remedial Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
  •   ED 576  Reading Foundations (3)
  •   ED 582  Web-based Technology for Students with Disabilities (3)
  •   ABA 537 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  •   Elective  Approved by Advisor (3)

  Capstone Research Thesis 6 credits

  •  ED 610  Educational Research I (3)
  •  ED 611 Educational Research II (3)

Strand 4:  Master of Arts in Special Education with  TOSD and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – 36 Credit

  • ED 522 Application of Special Education Law for Students with Disabilities (3)*
  • ED 527 Assessment Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)*
  • ED 530 Adaptive Technologies for Students with Disabilities (3)*
  • ED 535 Application of Brain Based Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)*
  • ED 536 Special Reading Programs for Students with Disabilities (3)*
  • ED 540 The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (3)*
  • ED 610 Educational Research I (3)
  • ED 611 Educational Research II (3)

Concentration

  • ABA 537 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)*
  • ABA 534 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA 526 Behavior Analysis and Learning (3)
  • ABA 556 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

* Required for TOSD

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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