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 M.A. in Special Education offers three tracks:
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 Learning Disabilities (LD) track is designed to impart knowledge and skills in the current research on learning disabilities and methods so as to more effectively serve individuals with learning disabilities; and, in this program they are trained to be educational collaborators and leaders, to be change agents in their classrooms, and school districts.
Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the M.A. in Special Education program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.
The M.A. in Special Education is a part-time accelerated 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 5–7 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 Online program.
* SPED 08520 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.
Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.
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.
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
Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
Two letters of recommendation
While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
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 (Students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can 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 Online 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.
Summer 2019 – Module 5
Fall 2019 – Module 1
Spring 2020 – Module 3
Tuition & Costs
Per Semester Hour
New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®) Rate: $675
Teachers in the state of New Jersey qualify for the discounted tuition rate of $675 per semester hour through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP). For more information regarding NJTOP click here.
Note: This rate applies to academic year 2018/2019 and is subject to change.