MEd in Special Education

Co-Coordinator: Dr. Priya Lalvani
Office: University Hall, Room 3200
Phone: 973-655-5372

Co-Coordinator: Dr. Talida State
Office: University Hall, Room 3190
Phone: 973-655-6709


This is an advanced teacher certification program for those who are already certified in a secondary level content area or in K-8 with subject matter specialization and who wish to obtain special education certification (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) and a Master of Education (MEd) degree. The program emphasis is on inclusive education.

The MEd in Special Education requires students to complete 36 credits. The program includes the courses required to earn the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification.  The program meets the needs of working professionals who typically enroll in 3-6 credits per semester. The courses are offered in the evenings and summer.

Please note that the state of NJ requires all special education teachers to have an initial certification in either a secondary-level Content Area, in Early Childhood (P-3), or in Elementary Education (K-6). Applicants who do not hold initial certification in one of these areas should pursue one of the dual certification Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs as offered by the departments of Secondary & Special Education and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education:

Applicants who already have a P-3 or K-6 certification can obtain special education certification and MEd degree through the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education department: