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Five-Year Programs

Teachers with master’s degrees enjoy a competitive edge: greater demand, higher salaries, and more paths to advancement. Get there sooner with our innovative five-year programs: You earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with the potential to save time and tuition as compared with a conventional sequence. Spreading coursework over five years also provides flexibility, opening more opportunity to study abroad, student-teach internationally, or take a leadership role on campus.

Our highly integrated five-year programs are designed for all students, including those who have completed high school and are first-time, first-year students as well as transfer students from community colleges or other four-year institutions.

Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Launch your career as a highly qualified teacher, certified to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Successful candidates in this five-year program graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as several state teaching certifications. Choose from two degree programs:

Early Childhood Education

Choose this degree program to teach in grades P–3 and to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Ours is the only program in New Jersey focused on preparing teachers with the specific training and appropriate licensures to work with the youngest learners who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Elementary Education

Choose this degree program to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing in grades K–6 and to provide in-class support in middle and high schools. This program prepares you for the separate licensures that are required of teachers of the deaf or hard of hearing in New Jersey: K–12 oral/aural, K–12 sign communication, and K–6 elementary education.

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Special Education

Prepare to become a highly qualified teacher of students with disabilities in this five-year program. Successful candidates graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as state certifications to teach children with disabilities, including autism, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, physical disabilities, and severe disabilities. Choose from two degree programs:

Early Childhood Education

Earn dual certifications to work as a developmental interventionist in early intervention services for children birth through age 3 as well as a teacher of children with disabilities in P–3.

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Elementary Education

Position yourself for a variety of career options across all school levels. Graduates of this program are qualified to teach special education in grades K–6, elementary education in grades K–6, and grades 6–12 with a certification in a state-approved content area. Graduates are also qualified to provide in-class support at the middle and high school levels.

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Urban Education

Learn how to work within the dynamic environment of the urban classroom—with its diversity of culture, language, and opportunity—to provide transformative learning experiences for students. This five-year option within our early childhood education and elementary education programs allows students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees with just one additional year of study.

Early Childhood Education

Choose this option to teach the youngest urban children, those in grades P–3. Successful candidates earn state teaching certification in both early childhood education and teaching English as a second language (ESL).

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Elementary Education

Choose this option to teach urban children in grades K–6. Successful candidates earn state teaching certification in both elementary education and teaching English as a second language (ESL).

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