M.A. in Special Education

The Rowan University Master of Arts in Special Education is intended for new and continuing teachers who want to pursue advanced knowledge of students with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to provide advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological and sociological needs of the children and youth with disabilities. The M.A. in Special Education also aims to produce instructional leaders who are well versed in special education topics including collaborative teaching, administration, and assessment. The Graduate Endorsement track is designed to qualify students, who don’t currently possess it, for special education endorsement while simultaneously earning their Master’s degree. The Autism Spectrum Disorders track is designed for those who are already licensed to teach Special Education, but are interested in working with students with significant disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders.

Curriculum

The M.A. in Special Education: Graduate Endorsement is a part-time program offered on the Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 30–36 graduate semester hours (10–12 courses), which are possible to complete in only 7 consecutive semesters.

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 30–36 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Coursework

The following courses make up the M.A. in Special Education program.

  • Required Courses: 18 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Graduate Endorsement Track: 18 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Track: 12 semester hours (s.h.)

* SELN 10585 OR LDTC 18516

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Education Application Form (Download the -- or click to apply online)
  • Completed Rowan Global M.A. in Special Education Track Declaration Form (Download the PDF)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official GRE test scores (waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6)

  • Copy of NJ Teaching Certification (Standard or CEAS) in Elementary or Secondary Subject Area

    • If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit official scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee to schedule the interview. The interview may be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated M.A. in Special Education start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the University calendar or the Rowan Global schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a Rowan Global enrollment advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 04/01/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 06/01/2015
Spring 2016 01/19/2016 11/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$648 $144.90 $792.90