Special Education - Low Incidence Disabilities

Degree Offered

 

  • M.A. in Special Education
  • Option: Low Incidence Disabilities

Campus Options

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Application Deadline: 

Fall:        June 1
Spring:    December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Low Incidence Disabilities option includes two concentrations: Devel­opmental Disabilities and Preschool Disabled. Students in this program focus on one concentration. Students with Developmental Disabilities are those individuals who have more severe disabilities, such as cognitive deficits, autism or other disabilities. Preschool Disabled are students with disabilities who are ages three to five years of age. The program provides students with an in-depth background in working with students who are either developmentally disabled or preschool disabled. 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
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • Writing sample may be required
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)

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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 36 credits without co-requisite; 39 credits with co-requisite
  • Two semesters of advanced seminar
  • Comprehensive examination in concentration
  • 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

 

COURSES REQUIRED FOR CONCENTRATION B:

Preschool Disabled – 9 credits

SPED 5417

Assessment of Preschoolers with Disabilities

3 credits

SPED 5530

Programming and Emergent Literacy for Preschoolers with Disabilities*

3 credits

SPED 5250

Educational Counseling for Parents of Handicapped

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

TOTAL OF 36-39 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

 

Program coordinator

Admissions Counselor

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

MRS. ANN-MARIE KAY
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
T. 908-737-5922
akay@kean.edu

 

 

Updated 3/11/14