College of Education and Human Services

The M.A. in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Studies program has been designed and developed for New Jersey teachers who hold an initial certification in another teaching specialty. The major area of the program includes initial New Jersey certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities for certified elementary and secondary teachers. Because of the need for general education teachers to be dually certified in general and special education, Seton Hall's MA in Special Education adheres to the New Jersey state law that requires the development of recommendations on awareness of and instructional methods for teaching children with special needs, autism and other developmental disabilities.

A Unique Approach

The M.A. in Special Education is structured to meet the specific goals of each student and provide them with an opportunity to acquire content knowledge and skills that are state of the art, enabling them to expand their personal competence and to achieve higher levels of professional excellence. The program is unique in that it allows students, under the guidance of faculty mentors, to complete a master's program that satisfies their interests and career objectives.

Who Should Apply?

Students with a bachelor's degree who are teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, behavior specialists or administrators should apply to this program. For specific admission requirements, click on admissions.

The Program

The Special Education Program is a 36-credit program that yields a Master of Arts degree. Students are required to take 21 credits to receive their Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement and 15 credits in the concentration of Autism Studies. For specific program requirements, click on curriculum.

Career Advancement

If you are a general education teacher or a special education teacher co-teaching within an inclusive class, you are serving students with a variety of special needs, including students with autism. This M.A. degree fulfills the learning requirements for both students with special education needs including students with autism. Both groups of students require different learning strategies and this M.A. will offer the candidate the necessary tools to meet their needs.

Program Director:
Diana Minakakis

(973) 275-2824

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