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M.A. in Special Education Online

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Master of Arts in Special Education program at Rowan University provides new and continuing teachers advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological, and sociological needs of the children and youth with disabilities. This program is key for instructors who would like to become skilled leaders and change agents in special education topics including collaborative teaching, administration and assessment. Our program offers four tracks to meet participating students at their level of interest and education:

  • Graduate Endorsement
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Special Education

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

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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. Only for the Clinical Experiences in Special Education course, the College of Education Office of Clinical Experiences can arrange a special placement if the student does not meet the criteria to complete this in his/her own classroom.

  • 10-12 Courses / 30-36 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title 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 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
ECSE 10500 Characteristics of Young Children with Disabilities and their Families 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 2
SPED 08540 Technology for Students with Disabilities 3
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar In Special Education 1
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 3
ECSE 10502 Methods for Assessing and Teaching Preschool Children (3-5) with Disabilities 3
ECSE 10503 Supporting Diverse Families, Community Partnerships, and Transitions 3
ECSE 10504 Self Study Project Inquiry in Early Childhood Special Education 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred. Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators (supervisor, principal, or superintendent) and/or former professors who can provide information which attests to the applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Statement of access to a classroom (only applicable to Early Childhood Special Education track)

    • Please submit a few paragraphs briefly listing/describing the 1-3 licensed center-based or home-based birth-five sites that you anticipate being able to use to complete field-related assignments aligned with ECSE coursework. Please be sure to include the contact information of the site director(s). Note that if the setting only covers birth-2 or three-five, then permission from two separate sites will be needed.
  • 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)
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Career Outlook

As a graduate from our program, you will have the knowledge and necessary skills to advance in the continually-evolving special education field. You can be assured to put your degree to work, as the overall employment of special education teachers is projected to grow three percent from 2018 to 2028 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


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