MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

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Master of Arts in Special Education Overview

Bloomfield’s Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to prepare teachers to teach in a self-contained special education classroom, work in a related field in special education, or teach in a partnership in an inclusive education setting. The goal of this program is to give teachers the skills to effectively teach students with disabilities, with a focus on students with autism.

The 40-credit Master of Arts in Special Education program is designed to provide licensed teachers the necessary skills and knowledge to teach in a self-contained special education classroom, work in a related field in special education, or teach in a partnership in an inclusive education setting. The goal of this program is to give teachers the skills to effectively teach students with disabilities, with a focus on students with autism.

The Master of Arts in Special Education allows those candidates who possess a CEAS or a standard teaching certificate to earn the endorsement as a teacher of students with disabilities (TOSD). A core sequence of courses (6 CUs = 24 credits) fulfills the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for the TOSD endorsement.

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What you'll study

Special education history, strategies and behavioral support for learners with disabilities and autism, transition planning and assistive technology; clinical experience will also be obtained.



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Fast Facts

  • Expected increase in industry jobs (source: bls.gov)
  • The skills you’ll gain will enable you to teach in a variety of settings
  • Obtain a focus to teach students with autism
  • This degree is recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Accredited through MSACS and TEAC
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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with 60 or more credits in the liberal arts or sciences and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended must be provided)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from supervisors, teachers and/or co-workers
  • A personal statement describing your philosophy of education and reasons for applying to this graduate program at Bloomfield College (250 – 500 words)
  • Your professional resume/curriculum vitae
  • Any current New Jersey teacher certification(s), including certification in special education
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 for the paper-based test and 213 for the computer-based test, or completion of APIEL level #3 is required for applicants whose native language is not English
  • In some cases, an interview may be required
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Contact Information

Karen Fasanella

Karen Fasanella

Graduate Programs in Education Coordinator

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1106
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 208
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“I hope that my greatest impact in the classroom is to instill my passion for teaching and learning in each of the teacher candidates in my classes.”

– Dr. Karen P. Fasanella, Bloomfield Education Faculty
“Bloomfield College is producing high-quality teachers for today’s students.”

– Kenneth Kunz, Bloomfield Education Faculty
“The minute students enter the program, we encourage them to think about their own life stories — we ask them, what kinds of educational experiences did you have growing up? How can you give back to students in that same way?”

– Kenneth Kunz, Bloomfield Education Faculty

Master of Arts in Special Education