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.
- 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 minimum of 2-3 pages describing reason for pursuing this graduate program in special education including what your career goals are for this area of specialization
- Personal interview
RETENTION FOR ALL PROGRAMS IN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Students may only earn one grade below B- in a graduate level course. This course may be repeated once to earn a higher letter grade. Any student who receives a grade below B- in a second graduate level course will be dismissed from the program.
Some courses are assessed as PASS/FAIL.
School of Education program requirements are subject to change based on the NJ DoE regulations. For most current information, please consult the Caldwell University School of Education Website.