Special Education and Elementary Education (K–6) | Graduate School of Education

Special Education and Elementary Education (K–6)

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
Location(s):
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree

Description

The five-year teacher education program in special education and elementary education (K–6) leads to a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and initial teacher certification. Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework during the sophomore and junior years, are admitted to the program during the spring semester of the junior year, and enter the professional education sequence in the senior year. Students then qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by the undergraduate liberal arts college.

Students continue with the professional sequence the summer after graduation. They return in the fall to complete a student-teaching internship with related coursework and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project, in the spring. The Ed.M. degree is conferred upon the completion of all five-year program requirements.

After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the student to receive a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing as a teacher.

Program Requirements

In order to earn the master's degree, individuals must successfully complete the required course sequence, provide proof of satisfaction of the general education requirements and liberal arts credits, and pass the portfolio.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Angela M. O'Donnell.

Admissions

Applications to the five-year teacher education programs can be completed online or obtained from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 56 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (848-932-7711). An application should be filed only during or after completion of the introductory courses 05:300:200 Introduction to Education, 05:300:306 Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning, and 05:300:383 Introduction to Special Education. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 of the junior year. Students are admitted only once a year to the five-year program. Admission to the program is limited and is applied competitively to all applicants.

Consider starting an endorsement in Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3) while working on your master’s degree requirements. Details are available for download here. Be sure to contact your advisor for approval.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.