Special Education and Elementary Education, MAT

Special Education and Elementary Education, MAT

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Master of Arts in Teaching with dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education





Next Classes Start

May 20, 2024

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Program at a Glance

Learn to educate students with diverse needs across varied classroom settings through contemporary and classic instructional methodologies and interpersonal skills. This program emphasizes the connection among differentiated instruction, curricular adaptations, positive behavioral supports, collaborative structures, 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


  • special education
  • elementary education


  • courses


  • credits


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

This 39-credit, fully accredited program is ideal if you hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than teaching and are interested in pursuing dual certification in special and elementary education.


There is a high demand for skilled teachers of students with disabilities, and our graduates are employed locally, nationally, and globally. Some have pursued careers in areas including educational research or curriculum development, while others have gone on to earn additional certifications or 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: The MAT Special Education program applicants must provide official GRE scores with a minimum composite Verbal and Math score of 310 and a Writing score of 4 or pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams. 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
  • Educational Experience:  MAT Special Education program applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants may present an undergraduate major in the state-approved content area, 30 semester hours in a liberal arts or science major, or 60 semester-hour credits in liberal arts/sciences coursework. The undergraduate program must include: English—two college-level courses minimum; Mathematics—two college-level courses minimum; Science—two college-level courses minimum; Social Studies—two college-level courses minimum; (one of the courses must be U.S. History)
  • Copy of Teacher Certification: MAT Special Education program applicants do not present a teaching certificate.

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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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