Special Education with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification, MEd

Special Education with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification, MEd

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Master of Education in Special Education





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May 20, 2024

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Program at a Glance

Develop and strengthen the skills, strategies, and knowledge to be a highly effective, creative special education teacher. This 33-credit, fully accredited program emphasizes the relationship among differentiated instruction, curriculum modifications, positive behavior supports, collaboration, assistive technology, and literacy instruction. Most courses are taught face to face in the late afternoon, with some hybrid and off-campus opportunities.

Department Co-Chair : David Bwire, bwired@tcnj.edu

Department Co-Chair : Helene Anthony, anthonyh@tcnj.edu


  • full time: 2 years
  • part time: 3–4 years


  • Hybrid


  • teacher of students with disabilities


  • courses


  • credits


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

If you already hold a standard teaching certificate in an area other than special education and want to obtain New Jersey certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities through a master’s-level program, you’re an ideal candidate.


There is a high demand for skilled teachers of students with disabilities, and our graduates are successfully employed locally, nationally, and globally. Alumni have also pursued careers in areas including educational research or curriculum development, and some have gone on to earn doctoral degrees.

Extensive Network

Study alongside peers with solid education experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in their field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.

For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the online application and all supplemental documents.

  • National Standardized Admission Test Requirement:  Applicants to the MEd Special Education programs are required to take the GRE unless they meet the criteria of the waiver policy. The GRE is waived for individuals seeking the post-master's certificate program. Applicants should request that a score report be sent to The College of New Jersey (Code #R2519). The test scores must arrive by the application deadline and may not be over five years old. Graduate Admission Testing Information and Waivers
  • Copy of Teacher Certification:  A CEAS or standard elementary or secondary education certificate with a teachable major or content area is required.
  • Educational Experience: Several years of teaching are required.

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We consider applications on a space-available basis. You can apply up to and including the first day of the semester.

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The Department of Special Education provides program details including a typical course sequence.

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We offer the same tuition rates no matter where you live. And there are a range of financial aid and assistantship options for TCNJ graduate students.

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The College of New Jersey School of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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