The School of Education at The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that beginning in fall of 2020 we will be offering a new degree major for students seeking dual teaching certification in a content major and Special Education.
The program is designed to prepare students who may be considering any of the following careers in education:
- Students planning to become a middle or high school English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Biology teacher who want to be able to meet the diverse needs of secondary students in inclusive classrooms.
- Students planning to become a Special Education teacher who might want to work with students with disabilities in middle and high school classrooms. (In New Jersey, the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate is not a stand-alone certificate and requires an additional instructional certificate.)
- Students who may be uncertain what level they hope to teach but want to enter the profession with extensive skill in teaching a content area, a wide body of knowledge about how diverse students learn, and an advanced degree in education.
The 5-Year SED/SPED major provides a cohesive learning experience that blends a focus on teaching a content area with course work in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Entering freshman will begin their coursework the first semester and be placed in the field to work with classroom students by the beginning of sophomore year. Students will have extensive practicum experiences in both general education and special education settings throughout their 4 undergraduate years. The fifth year will focus on course work and clinical internships leading to a Masters Degree in Special Education.
Degrees & Certificates Awarded
Upon completion of the undergraduate portion, typically in four years, students earn the following:
- English Education and Social Studies Education majors: Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
- Mathematics Education and Biology Education majors: Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)
Upon completion of the graduate portion, typically one additional year, students earn the following:
- Master of Teaching (MAT) degree in Special Education
- Certification in a Subject Area (K-12) in English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Biology
- Certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-12)
For more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Anne Peel
Associate Professor: Department of Special Education, Language & Literacy
Coordinator: 5-Year Program in Secondary Special Education