High School Seniors and Transfer Students Interested in Majoring in Special Education
The Special Education Program at TCNJ for undergraduates is a five-year program that prepares students to be teachers of students with disabilities. It culminates in a master’s degree and New Jersey certification in both Special Education and Elementary Education. Preparation includes theory and practice in teaching students with diverse learning abilities including students with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, severe and multiple disabilities. New Jersey certification does not distinguish between these diagnostic labels; the certificate establishes qualification to teach individuals with any one or combination of the above disabling conditions.
Graduates of the program meet the state’s current requirements for being “highly qualified” teachers and therefore are eligible for employment in New Jersey school districts.
Students in the five-year program must also complete a liberal arts major in one of 11 state-approved disciplines.
At the end of their fourth year, students earn a bachelor’s degree in their liberal arts major. The Special Education course of study continues the following academic year and culminates in a full-time student teaching experience and a master’s degree in Special Education.
The program meets the standards and requirements of:
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- State of New Jersey Teacher Education Standards
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The program is consistent with the five themes of the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework, Creating Agents of Change:
- Demonstrating Subject Matter Expertise
- Demonstrating Excellence in Planning and Practice
- Demonstrating a Commitment to All Learners
- Demonstrating a Strong, Positive Effect on Student Growth
- Demonstrating Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership
High School Students: TO APPLY
Begin your application process at http://admissions.pages.tcnj.edu/
Information about campus tours and the application process are available at the Admissions Office, Loser Hall, Room 228, (609)771-2131
Transfer Students: TO APPLY