MEd in Special Education

Coordinator: Dr. Talida State
Office: University Hall, Room 2176
Phone: (973) 655-6709

Advisor: Susan Hagen
Office: University Hall, Room 2125
Phone: (973) 655-6908


This is an advanced teacher certification program for those who already have general education teacher certification or CEAS in Content Area who wish to obtain special education certification (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) and a master's degree. The program emphasis is on inclusive education.

Please note that all special education teachers in N.J. must have a dual certification in general education (P-3, K-6, or Content Area) and special education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities). Applicants who do not hold general education certification can obtain dual certification in one of the initial certification programs for dual certification - P3 & TSD & K-6 & TSD, Literacy Education, and Subject Matter & TSD.

Applicants who have P-3 or K-6 certification can obtain special education certification in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education.

The MEd in Special Education requires students to complete 36 credits. The program of study includes 27 credits of coursework in special education required for certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities, 6 credits of advanced courses in special education and 3 credits in research that result in the completion of a culminating project. The project extends learning by providing and experience in designing and implementing an action research project related to inclusive education.

The MEd meets the needs of working professionals who typically enroll in 3-6 credits per semester. The courses are offered in the evenings and summer. A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be accepted from other institutions, provided that the courses are parallel in content and requirements to those in the program.

APPLICANTS TO THIS PROGRAM MUST ALREADY HOLD CERTIFICATION OR CEAS IN GENERAL EDUCATION (CONTENT AREA). Completion of a comprehensive project is a requirement for this program.