Special Education

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Bloomfield offers an undergraduate dual certification program in Special Education and Early Childhood/Elementary Education that prepares you to teach students with and without disabilities from diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities in preschool through sixth grade classrooms.

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What you’ll study:

Early childhood and elementary students’ development, curricula and instruction applicable to diverse learners, instructional approaches for children with a range of disabilities, including specific learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities

What you can do:

Become an early childhood or special education teacher

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Fast Facts

  • Preschool and elementary school teacher positions are expected to grow due to a continued focus on early childhood education.
  • Bloomfield College education students have interned at such places as Walt Disney World.
  • Students receive field experiences with students from preschool through elementary to help them apply what they have learned to real-world situations in schools.
  • Bloomfield College education students have been chosen as nominees for impressive state awards.
  • Special Education students at the college have opportunities for unique internships.

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You could be …

A special education teacher: Median pay $57,910 per year. Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.

An elementary school teacher: Median income $55,490 per year. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare the young students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.

A preschool teacher: Median income $28,790 per year. Preschool teachers educate and care for children under five years of age who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)

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Contact Information

Amy Eguchi

Amy Eguchi

Chair, Division of Education

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1407
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 202
Karen Fasanella

Karen Fasanella

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1106
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 208

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Karen Pezzolla

Assistant Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1521
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 302
Mary Porcelli

Mary Porcelli

Director of Clinical Experiences,
Adjunct Professor,
edTPA Coordinator

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1125
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 205

“I hope that my greatest impact in the classroom is to instill my passion for teaching and learning in each one 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 story – 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
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them.” – Magic Johnson, retired professional basketball player
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson, educator