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  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

    Monmouth University’s 30-credit Master of Science in Special Education is a nationally accredited program that allows you to study evidence-based principles and theories as well as laws and policies to understand how P–12 students’ unique needs and abilities affect their school performance. Our programs are designed for practitioners who serve children and families with specific educational needs through assessment and intervention; leadership and collaboration; clinical application, research, and practice. Practitioners of learning and growth theories, relevant teaching content areas, and the theories, laws, procedures and programs related to the field of special education will also benefit from our program.

    Programs for certified teachers include:

    • Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD)
    • Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C)
    • Teacher in Inclusive Settings
    • Autism (fully online)

    We also offer an 18-credit online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate, which prepares students to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam. All programs in Special Education are aligned with Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) national standards.

  • Flexibility Plus Fieldwork Opportunity

    Classes are primarily offered in a hybrid format—online and in-person—with clinically-based field experiences in a wide range of local school and community settings that give you important learning opportunities. Our goal is that our students use their thorough knowledge of learners and learning to promote positive student outcomes and achievement.

  • Program in Action: Student Highlights

  • Growing Need to Serve Students with Disabilities

    Over the past decade, the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30 percent, according to the National Education Association (NEA). With three out of every four students with disabilities spending at least 40 percent of their school day in general education classrooms alongside their typically developing peers.

  • With the increase in accommodating more children in inclusion classrooms, we have seen increased enrollment in our special education programs. Many of the superintendents and principals in the 30 plus NJ school districts we work with advise our candidates that they will be more marketable if they add the special ed or ESL endorsement, even if they intend to work as a general educator. Dr. Wendy Harriott
    Associate Dean, School of Education
  • Program in Action: Faculty Spotlight

  • Program Application Requirements

    To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

    Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

    Tracks in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD), Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C), Teaching in Inclusive Settings, or Autism

    • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see Web site for details) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
    • Two letters of recommendation related to the applicant’s competence for this graduate program and professional work.
    • Essay (500 words or more) explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue this graduate program.
    • Teaching certification may be required based on program of study.
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