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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.

You will benefit from a personalized learning experience, a variety of learning formats, and diverse networking opportunities. Monmouth offers several flexible paths to specialize in autism and special needs, all of which are aligned with Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) national standards. You may choose to combine your M.S.Ed. with any of our specialized tracks or certificates. Students who already possess a master’s degree can complete certificate or endorsement programs designed to help you advance your career.

Programs for certified teachers include:

Program Director & Faculty

Carol McArthur-Amedeo

(732) 923-4618

Photo of Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Ed.D.

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.

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.

Dr. Wendy Harriot

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 Accreditation

The M.S.Ed. in Special Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), signifying the program of study meets the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in public and private schools.

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:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see here 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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