College of Education and Human Services


The MA 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.  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 MA 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 15-27 credits depending on the concentration.  For specific program requirements, click on curriculum.

Career Advancement

If you are currently a general education or special education teacher, you are teaching students with special needs.  This program gives you the tools, strategies, and concepts to integrate computer technologies and assistive technologies throughout the special education curriculum.  Modern technologies are the key to motivation, engagement and retention.

Program Director:
 Lauren McFadden, Ed.D

(973) 313-6027

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