Special Education

Special Education

Getting Connected

Graduates of the Special Education Department become capable teachers who believe in the transformative power of an outstanding education. We prepare distinguished educators who work with students with physical, communicative, cognitive, behavioral and specific learning disabilities. The department carries out the NJCU’s urban mission by teaching students to address the needs of children with disabilities in a multi-ethnic, multicultural, urban environment.

Our experienced faculty members are experts in a range of specialties. They are passionate about building educational opportunities for NJCU students—opportunities that inspire future educators and meet the needs of special needs students and our nation’s schools.

Our comprehensive approach to education the special needs child at all grade levels prepares students for successful careers in a variety of special education settings. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs as well as support for educators going through the teacher certification process. Flexible class scheduling as well as online classes allow traditional and nontraditional students achieve a balance that works for them.

The Department of Special Education offers an undergraduate major in elementary and special education.

The department offers four graduate programs:

The department also offers two certification programs:


College of Education Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 winners of College of Education scholarships:

Yanibel Caraballo (Math/Secondary Ed), Dr. Florence Steele Hunt Scholarship
Maria Hernandez (Math/Secondary Ed), Jeanne Thornton Memorial Scholarship
Jaclyn Noriega (Early Childhood/Special Ed), Ruth Hagan Scholarship
Jennifer Ashinsky (Special Ed), Ruth Hagan Scholarship
Shannon Gallagher (Special Ed), Ruth Hagan Scholarship

The 2017-2018 scholarship application is now available. Please click HERE for more information and the application.

Contact Us

Professional Studies, Room 350
Phone: (201) 200-3023
Fax: (201) 200-3118

Faculty and Office Hours

Department Chairs:
Dr. Carol Fleres
Dr. Charles Reid Taylor

Administrative Assistant:
Ria Bhimdass


April 19
Autism Virtual Information Session

Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Online
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors.  During this virtual session, Dr. Andrew McCabe will discuss autism in detail, as well as answer all your questions.  REGISTER NOW


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