Special Education - Learning and Behavioral Disabilities

DEGREE OFFERED

  • M.A. in Special Education
  • Option: Learning and Behavioral Disabilities

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring:   December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Learning and Behavioral Disabilities provides students with an in-depth background in working with students who have learning and behavioral disabilities. Students learn about the physiological causes of learning and behavior, enabling them to gain a more holistic perspective of their students. 

 

Students plan, implement, and assess instruction for students, considering their unique learning and behavioral needs. They model and implement approaches both in the university and school settings. 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:

  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average*
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • Writing sample may be required
  • Personal statement
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • 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

  • 36-39 credits
  • Two semesters of advanced seminar
     

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

CONCENTRATION – 9 credits

SPED 5410

Learning and Behavioral Disabilities and Literacy*

3 credits

SPED 5412

Strategies to Address Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities

3 credits

SPED 5000

Physiological Bases of Learning and Behavior

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

 

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 8/10/15