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.


The M.A. in Special Education 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


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.)

* Choose either SELN 10585 OR LDTC 18516

SPED 08520 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.

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.

  • $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 an undergraduate cumulative 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

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Special Education program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2017 05/23/2017 04/01/2017
Fall 2017 09/07/2017 07/01/2017
Spring 2018 01/16/2018 11/01/2017

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$670 $150.90 $820.90