Master of Arts in Special Education

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Master of Arts in Early Childhood 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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For Students Enrolled in the Bloomfield College Master of Arts in Special Education and Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs:

Courses at the 500 level and above are designated as graduate courses at Bloomfield College. Beginning master's courses are at the 500 level; advanced master's courses are at the 600 level. Some undergraduate level courses in the Education Division are also approved for graduate credit by the College. Such courses count toward the master’s degree only if taken after a student has earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and only when taken as part of the Bloomfield College Graduate Certificate Program.

The Graduate Certificate courses were designed as graduate courses. The Post-Baccalaureate program was formally elevated to a graduate certificate and courses renumbered as 500-level courses to recognize this fact and to avoid any confusion. The course content of the graduate level Post-Baccalaureate courses is very similar to that of the former Post-Baccalaureate courses. Therefore, we accept the credits of the previous Post-Baccalaureate program for the new graduate programs for Bloomfield College alumni. We cannot ethically require a student to take the same courses twice nor pay additional tuition for doing so. However, it is also important to note that each school district has its own discretion to accept those credits as graduate credits.

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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Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with 60 or more credits in the liberal arts or sciences with 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
  • A list of 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
  • In some cases, an interview may be required
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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 MSA CHE and TEAC
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Contact Information

Karen Fasanella
Dr. Karen Fasanella
Division Chair, Associate Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1106
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 208
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Karen P. Fasanella, Ed.D.

Dr. Fasanella received an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Educational Administration and Supervision. She received her Principal/Supervisor Licenses after participating in an Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure program at Saint Peter's University. In addition, Dr. Fasanella holds an M.A. in Literacy Education/Literacy Specialist and a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. In addition to licenses as Principal and Supervisor, Dr. Fasanella has been awarded licenses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and as a Reading Specialist.

Dr. Fasanella has served as an educator and administrator in the PreK-12 setting in both public and private schools. She has also served in higher education as an adjunct professor for over 15 years. As an adjunct, Dr. Fasanella has served Manhattan College, William Paterson University, Caldwell University, and Saint Peter's University teaching pre-teaching candidates to Doctoral Candidates, serving also as Doctoral Dissertation Mentor. She most recently served as Associate Dean for Academic Success and Associate Professor at Felician University.

As principal, Dr. Fasanella created a Professional Teaching Portfolio for evaluation purposes. For her efforts, Dr. Fasanella was awarded the Today's Catholic Teacher Innovations in Education Award. Dr. Fasanella was also named Distinguished National Principal by the United States Department of Education. In addition, the National Catholic Education Association awarded Dr. Fasanella the Distinguished Principal Award.

Subject(s): Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Special Education, Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education/Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education
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Sandy Trapp
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Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1110
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 105
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Subject(s): Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Special Education, Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education/Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education
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Resources

Praxis I Core Academic Skills Resources:

ETS Resources:

 Prepare for a Praxis Test: Strategy and Tips

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Khan Academy videos and exercises (PDF) — The Praxis Program has identified videos and exercises available at www.khanacademy.org to support test preparation for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics assessment. Each topic that the test covers is mapped to a video or exercise that may help you prepare to answer questions related to that topic.

Other Free Praxis 1 Study Websites:
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Ultimate Guide
Study Guide Zone
4Test Free Practice Tests
Teachers Test Prep
Study.com
Mometrix Test Preparation
Test Guide
Practice Quiz

Apps

Praxis Core Pocket Prep

The app is free to download, but there are in-app purchases to upgrade your study materials. The free version includes 74 practice questions with answer explanations. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Praxis Test Prep from Study.com

This free app is available for Apple and Android devices. Watch short, engaging video lessons created by our subject matter experts to help you learn even the most difficult concepts. Take quizzes and practice tests, created to match the exam content, to help you master the material on the Praxis you need.

Magoosh Praxis Core Flashcards

This free app is available for Apple and Android devices will help you study for the Praxis Reading, Writing and Math by teaching you key concepts with flashcards

Clinical Practice and Experience

Clinical placement application overview

Students who have met the requirements to be admitted into the School of Education will also be required to complete a variety of clinical experiences. The classroom field observations are an integral part of the teacher preparation program. This provides the student with the opportunity to experience effective instruction by observing different teaching styles in diverse environments. Students will be responsible for securing their own placement for some observation requirements; the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Practice will coordinate other field hours. Clinical experience culminates in the students’ final two semesters as they complete their clinical internship (student teaching).

  • A current Mantoux test (Tuberculosis (PPD) Screening) is required for anyone working with students in schools.

It is strongly recommended:

  • Students complete a Criminal History Review (fingerprinting) through the New Jersey Department of Education.

Courses requiring field placement observation hours
For admission into an educator preparation program (EDC 330), students must pass (or be exempt from) the Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis exam #5751 (consisting of three subtests, 5712, Reading; 5722, Writing; 5732, Math). See Praxis Resources.

 

Code

Course

Hours

EDC 202

Teaching as a Profession

10

EDC 217

Family and Community

5

EDC 314

The Development of the Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent

10

EDC 316

Childhood Development and Learning

10

EDC 330

Introduction to Curriculum Design I

15

EDC 332

Introduction to Curriculum Design II

20

EDC 318

Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

20

EDC 336

Introduction to Educational Technology

10

EDC 320

Educating the Child with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom

15

EDC 334

Instructional Design and Analysis of Classroom Assessment

10

EDC 342

Early Childhood Environments and Assessments

10

EDC 321

Developing Literacy Across the Grades

20

EDC 410

Clinical Practice I

120

EDC 412

Clinical Practice II

360

Field placement application forms

Students will complete the Field Application Request Form for placements coordinated by the Office of Clinical Experience and Practice. Forms are due by September 15 for the following spring semester and February 15 for the following fall semester.

Students are responsible for securing their own placements for certain courses and are required to submit a Clinical Field Verification Form by October 1 (Fall Semester) and March 1 (Spring Semester).

The Clinical Experience Attendance Log and Cooperating Teacher Evaluation Form are to be submitted to the Professor two weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Clinical Intern (Student Teaching) requirements

The clinical intern experience is designed so the student, when possible, spends two consecutive semesters with the same class and cooperating teacher. During the first semester the clinical intern will observe a minimum of 120 hours in the classroom and teach four lessons that will be observed by a college supervisor and three by the cooperating teacher. The clinical intern will spend the second semester entirely in the classroom gradually taking over all the instructional responsibilities. The intern will be observed six times by the college supervisor and four times by the cooperating teacher. The clinical interns will also participate in the Clinical I and II Seminars one evening per week where they will reflect on their experience and prepare their final portfolio. No other courses can be taken during the final semester of student teaching without the approval of the Chair of the Education Division.


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