Early Childhood Education/Special Education (M.A.T.)

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Early Childhood Education/Special Education (M.A.T.) with certification in:

  • P-3 Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (or waived, if applicable) 
  • A copy of any teaching certification (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website) if any
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver if applicable


  • Must have liberal arts undergraduate major or minimum number of liberal arts credits as determined by NJDOE.
  • Must have completed the following undergraduate course pre-requisites or equivalents:
    • BIO 103 Human Sexual Biology (3 credits), or BIO 104 The Human Body (credits), or passing the NJDOE Physiology and Hygiene test
    • INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations (3 credits)
    • MATH 205 Problem Solving (3 credits)
    • PSYC 150 Developmental Psychology: Birth through Adolescent (3 credits)

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
Term Deadline
Spring Rolling
Summer Rolling
Fall  Rolling

*Deadlines are subject to change. 

International Applicants:

This program is not currently available to international students seeking an F-1 student visa

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