M.A. in Special Education

About the Program


The Rowan University Master of Arts in Special Education is intended for new and continuing teachers who want to pursue advanced knowledge of students with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to provide advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological and sociological needs of the children and youth with disabilities. The M.A. in Special Education also aims to produce instructional leaders who are well versed in special education topics including collaborative teaching, administration, and assessment.


The M.A. in Special Education offers three tracks:
  • The Graduate Endorsement track is designed to qualify students, who don’t currently possess it, for special education endorsement while simultaneously earning their Master’s degree.
  • The Autism Spectrum Disorders track is designed for those who are already licensed to teach Special Education, but are interested in working with students with significant disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Learning Disabilities (LD) track is designed to impart knowledge and skills in the current research on learning disabilities and methods so as to more effectively serve individuals with learning disabilities; and, in this program they are trained to be educational collaborators and leaders, to be change agents in their classrooms, and school districts.


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



Program Code: .COMA-SPECED / Major Code: G809


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.

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 30-36 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes
Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 30-36)

The graduate-level courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.


Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Core Courses (18 s.h.)
SELN 10582 Communication Skills for Students with Disabilities 3
SELN 10585
LDTC 18516
Educational Assessment in Special Education

Applied Tests and Measurements

SELN 10577 Collaborative Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms 3
SELN 10578 Administration & Supervision in Special Education 3
SELN 10600 Research Seminar in Special Education 3
SELN 10601 Research Seminar in Special Education 3
Graduate Endorsement Track (18 s.h.)
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
SELN 10581 Implementing Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 08515 Curriculum, Instruction, and Transition in Special Education 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
SPED 08520 Clinical Experiences in Special Education 4
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar in Special Education 2
Autism Spectrum Disorders Track (12 s.h.)
SELN 10590 Teaching Students with Autism and PDD 3
SELN 10591 Instructional Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
PSY 02600 ABC’s of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02520 Assessment and Interventions for Social Skills and Relationships in Children 3
Learning Disabilities Track (15 s.h.)
SPED 08555 Educational Psychology of the Exceptional Learner 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
LDTC 18503 Foundations of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18504 Assessment of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Basis of Educational Disorders 3
Total Semester Hours: 30–36

Admission Requirements


The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Graduate-level CGCE Application Form. Download the PDF or click here to apply online.
    • To apply through NJTOP, please click here.
  • $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
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • Submission of official GRE test scores (applicants with a Bachelor's degree and an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or better are waived from this requirement)
  • 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
  • CGCE M.A. in Special Education Track Declaration Form (pdf)
  • 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)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines


Below is a list of M.A. in Special Education: Graduate Endorsement anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.


Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 – Module 3 (Autism Track) 01/06/2015 10/01/2014
Summer 2015 – Module 5 (Grad. Endorsement Track) 05/05/2015 04/01/2015
Fall 2015 – Module 1 (Learning Disabilities Track) 08/25/2015 06/01/2015

Tuition & Costs


$707 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)


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


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