Special Education- Autism and Developmental Disabilities

DEGREE OFFERED 

  • M.A. in Special Education
  • Option: Autism and Developmental Disabilities

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring:    December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Autism and Developmental Disabilities focuses on individuals who have more severe disabilities, such as cognitive deficits, autism or other disabilities.  Coursework actively involves students in critical thinking activities, where they examine and analyze theories and practices in teaching students in this domain. Students may apply to receive New Jersey certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities after the completion of the required 21 credits.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

In addition to the University's admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average*
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • New Jersey Instructional Certificate, CEAS, or Standard
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing sample may be required
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

*Candidates who believe their record warrants further review should reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their candidacy.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Two semesters of advanced seminar
  • Professional Development Portfolio

CORE COURSES 15 – 18 CREDITS

SPED 5005

Foundations in Special Education +*

3 credits

SPED 5020

Educational Strategies for the Exceptional Child*

3 credits

SPED 5050

Assessment in Special Education*

3 credits

SPED 5023

Technology for Students with Disabilities*

3 credits

SPED 5024

Differentiating Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom*

3 credits

SPED 5068

Transition in Special Education*

3 credits

+ waived for students certified in the field of special education and students who have approved, introductory prerequisite course

COURSES REQUIRED FOR CONCENTRATION A:

Developmental Disabilities – 9 CREDITS

SPED 5701

Assessment of Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

3 credits

SPED 5702

Educational Programming for Students with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities*

3 credits

SPED 5705

Basic Applied Behavior Analysis for Students with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

3 credits

ELECTIVE – 3 Credits

One elective, either from another option, from offered electives in the

Special Education Graduate Program, or from another subject, with advisor approval

RESEARCH – 9 CREDITS

SPED 5197

Problems and Issues in Special Education Research**

3 credits

SPED 5198

Advanced Seminar in Special Education I

3 credits

SPED 5199

Advanced Seminar in Special Education II

3 credits

*These courses must be completed to apply for NJ certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (21 credits required)

 ** SPED 5197 must be taken prior to SPED 5198-5199

+waived for students certified in the field of special education with a CEAS or standard certificate in either Teacher of the Handicapped or Teacher of Students with Disabilities

TOTAL OF 39 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

gradadmissions@kean.edu
908.737.7100

Program coordinator

DR. BEVERLY KLING
Hennings Hall (HH) 312
T. 908.737.3845
bkling@kean.edu

 

 

Updated 7/6/15

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