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Graduate Degree Program - Special Education

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  • Professional Studies Building, Rm. 350
    (201) 200-3023

    Dr. Zandile Nkabinde, Chairperson
    Ria Bhimdass, Secretary

    Professors:  Hurwitz
    Associate Professors: Amerman, Fleres, McCabe, Nkabinde, Taylor, Yacobacci

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    The major aim of graduate studies in Special Education at New Jersey City University is to prepare qualified and competent educators capable of meeting the instructional needs of children with physical, communicative, cognitive, behavioral and specific learning disabilities. New Jersey City University has an urban mission and the Department of Special Education addresses the needs of the child with disabilities in the multiethnic, multicultural, urban context. This comprehensive approach to the special needs child, preschool through high school, prepares our students for the continuum of Special Education settings.

    The teacher training program at the graduate level is directed to effectively prepare graduate students from diverse backgrounds. The instructional model, on which both the graduate and undergraduate programs are based, is derived from the “reflective urban practitioner framework” with its emphasis on reflective practice in an urban educational setting.

    See the complete information, requirements, and course descriptions online.  
     


      

    Degree and Endorsement Eligibility Programs
    For students holding an acceptable baccalaureate degree, the program opportunities for training in the teaching of children with disabilities shown below are available.

    Changes in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education degrees were approved by the Board of Trustees in their meeting of September 8, 2008. The revised degree requirements call for a net reduction in the required credits for both programs by nine. The revised degree requirements for the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) students enrolled in the M.A.T. in Special Education degree program calls for a net reduction of 6 credits. The number of credits for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement was reduced from 27 to 21 for all students.

    Consequently, students beginning master’s programs in Special Education as of July 1, 2009 will now complete 33 credits, and NPTNJ students entering the M.A.T. program will complete 36 credits. TOSD endorsement students will complete 21 credits.

    Students beginning programs before July 1, 2009 may have options for new or old program requirements completion and should see an advisor.

    Students beginning programs on or after July 1, 2009 will complete the new program requirements.

    For more detailed information, students should refer to the NJCU Special Education Department’s May 11, 2009 letter to graduate students pursuing Special Education programs, which is available online.

    Matriculation into a degree program is expected on or before 12 credits have been completed and is contingent on application to the Office of Graduate Studies. Acceptance to the Endorsement Eligibility Program for Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) is required on or before 12 credits have been completed and is contingent on application to the Office of Graduate Studies.

    Students who have completed requirements for the Endorsement Eligibility Program for TOSD, including providing a copy of their New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or (NJDOE) Standard Certificate in an instructional area of general education, may apply for the TOSD endorsement through the Administrator for Certification in the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships in P 203A. The e-mail address for the Certification Office in the Center is cttpcert@njcu.edu

    Students who have completed requirements for the M.A.T. in Special Education Program, and who have sent a copy of their New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing or New Jersey Standard Certificate in an instructional area of general education to the Graduate Office, must apply for graduation through the Office of Graduate Studies in accordance with procedures listed elsewhere in this catalog. Applications are available ONLINE.

    A copy of an NJDOE CEAS or Standard Certificate in an instructional area of general education is required before completion of the Endorsement Eligibility Program for TOSD and, also, before completion of the M.A.T. in Special Education Degree Program. (The M.A.T. in Special Education program includes the Certification Eligibility coursework for TOSD.) One copy of the candidate’s CEAS or Standard certificate must be submitted to the Administrator for Certification in the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships when applying for the TOSD endorsement and, another, to the Office of Graduate Studies when applying for graduation clearance.

     

     

      


    Master of Arts in Special Education
    This is a 33-credit advanced master’s degree program for students holding a NJDOE Teacher of the Handicapped or Teacher of Students with Disabilities CEAS or Standard certification.
     

     


    Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education
    The M.A.T. in Teaching Special Education is a 33-credit degree program, which includes the 21 credits required for TOSD certification eligibility. The M.A.T. in Special Education degree requires a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in an instructional area of general education for admission. A copy of a CEAS or Standard Certificate in an NJDOE instructional area of general education is required on completion of the Certificate Eligibility and/or M.A.T. in Special Education academic requirements.
     


    Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities Non Degree Program
    There are two programs for teachers interested in preparing for certification as a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant. The 39-credit program leads to a masters degree while the 24 credit non degree program is designed for teachers who hold an M.A. in Special Education (or in an allied field). Both programs require teaching experience and a standard teaching certificate and lead to New Jersey LDTC certification eligibility. more...

    Please download and print special information and applications for the LDTC programs:

    Please read all items carefully.

    *Application packets may also be picked up from Dr. Allan Futernick, Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Hepburn Hall, Room 203.

    Final notification of candidate selection will take place by mid-June.

    Questions about the application process can be directed to Dr. Allan Futernick, Associate Director, Graduate Studies, at: afuternick@njcu.edu.

    Questions about the LDTC program should be directed to the Special Education chairperson, Dr. Tracy Amerman, chairperson of the Special Education Department, at tamerman@njcu.edu  


    New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) Combined with the Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education
    Information about the NPTNJ program and continuing graduate studies towards the M.A.T. in Special Education (to include TOSD endorsement eligibility) can be found ONLINE.
     

     


    Master of Arts in Special Education with Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Endorsement Eligibility (39 credits)
    This 39-credit graduate program is for teachers who are already certified to teach Special Education in New Jersey, or an allied field, and have had at least one year of successful teaching experience under a NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or NJDOE Standard Certificate. A copy of the Standard certificate must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies when applying for the LDTC endorsement. (See complete requirements ONLINE.)

    NOTE: Entry to the Program is competitive. Completion of the program requires field experiences, two 50-hour practicums, and satisfactory completion of key assessments.
     

     


    Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Endorsement Eligibility Program
    This 24-credit LDTC non degree endorsement eligibility program (Clusters II and III) is for teachers who are already certified to teach Special Education or an allied field in New Jersey and have had at least two years of successful teaching experience under a Standard Certificate. A copy of the Standard certificate must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies when applying for the LDTC endorsement. A Master’s Degree in Special Education or an allied field from an accredited university is required. (See complete requirements ONLINE.)

    NOTE: Entry to the Program is competitive. Completion of this non-degree program requires field experiences, two 50-hour practicums, and satisfactory completion of key assessments.
     

     


    Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education, with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement Eligibility Program
    The M.A.T. in Special Education is a 33-credit degree program, which includes the 21credits required toward endorsement eligibility for the NJDOE Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD). Both the endorsement eligibility and degree programs are for students certified in an instructional area of education other than Special Education. Certificates of Eligibility (CEs) are acceptable on entry.  


    See the complete information, requirements, and course descriptions online.