M.A. in Special Education Online

M.A. in Special Education Online

M.A. in Special Education Online

The Rowan University Master of Arts in Special Education is intended for new and continuing teachers who want to pursue advanced knowledge of students with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to provide advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological and sociological needs of the children and youth with disabilities. The M.A. in Special Education also aims to produce instructional leaders who are well versed in special education topics including collaborative teaching, administration, and assessment.

The M.A. in Special Education offers four tracks:

  • The Graduate Endorsement track is designed to qualify students, who don't currently possess it, for special education endorsement while simultaneously earning their Master's degree.
  • The Autism Spectrum Disorders track is designed for those who are already licensed to teach Special Education, but are interested in working with students with significant disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Learning Disabilities (LD) track is designed to impart knowledge and skills in the current research on learning disabilities and methods so as to more effectively serve individuals with learning disabilities; and, in this program they are trained to be educational collaborators and leaders, to be change agents in their classrooms, and school districts.
  • The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) track is designed to empower practitioners to optimize supports for young children (birth - 5) with suspected and diagnosed disabilities and their families.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the M.A. in Special Education program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



The M.A. in Special Education is a part-time accelerated program offered on the Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 30-36 graduate semester hours (10-12 courses), which are possible to complete in only 5-7 consecutive semesters. Students in our M.A. in Special Education program must be affiliated with a school district (as a full-time substitute teacher, aide, para, lead teacher, or collaborative teacher) with direct access to a p-12 classroom to complete extensive field-based assignments for several required courses.


  • 10-12 Courses / 30-36 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 18 S.H.
SELN 10582 Communication Skills For Students With Disabilities 3
SELN 10585 Educational Assessment In Special Education 3
SELN 10577 Collaborative Instruction In Inclusive Classrooms 3
SELN 10578 Special Education Policy, Advocacy, and Teacher Leadership 3
SELN 10610 Inquiry in Special Education Settings 3
SELN 10611 Practicum: Inquiry in Special Education Settings 3
Graduate Endorsement Track Courses: 18 S.H.
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
SELN 10581 Implementing Positive Behavior Strategies 3
SPED 08515 Curriculum, Instruction, & Transition in Special Education 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
SPED 08520 Clinical Experiences In Special Education 4
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar In Special Education 2
Autism Spectrum Disorders Track Courses: 12 S.H.
SELN 10590 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
SELN 10591 Instructional Methods For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
PSY 02600 ABCs of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02520 Assessment and Interventions for Social Skills and Relationships in Children 3
Learning Disabilities Track Courses: 15 S.H.
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
LDTC 18503 Foundations of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Basis of Educational Disorders 3
LDTC 18510 Applied Learning Theories 3
Early Childhood Special Education Track Courses: 15 S.H.
ECSE 10500 Characteristics of Young Children with Disabilities (birthfive) and their Families 3
ECSE 10501 Methods for Assessing and Teaching Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 4
ECSE 10502 Methods for Assessing and Teaching Preschool Children (3-5) with Disabilities 4
ECSE 10503 Supporting Diverse Families, Community Partnerships, and Transitions 3
ECSE 10504 Self Study Project Inquiry in Early Childhood Special Education 1

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • Copy of NJ Teaching Certification (Standard or CEAS) in Elementary or Secondary Subject Area

    • If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit official scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.
  • Interview (Students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Special Education Online program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1
Summer - Module 5 May 18 April 1