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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Special Education

The M.A. in Special Education 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. Seton Hall's M.A. 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.

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 15-27 credits depending on the concentration. For specific program requirements, view our curriculum below.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Current professional vitae/resume 
  • Letter of intent outlining your rationale for applying (2-pages, double spaced) 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references familiar with your character, interests and academic ability 
  • Personal Interview with the Admissions Committee 

Application Deadlines 

  • The program accepts applications throughout the year and operates on a rolling admissions basis.


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process. 

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Lauren McFadden
Associate Professor of Elementary and Special Education
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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