Special Education General Studies

Program Details

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


The Ed.M. in Special Education General Studies provides advanced graduate preparation for both certified special and general education teachers. The option to obtain New Jersey certification as a learning disabilities teacher consultant (LDT-C) is provided. The option to obtain New Jersey certification as a teacher of students with disabilities is also provided. Students should meet with their adviser for current certification requirements.

Through coursework and internship experiences, students learn to address the instructional needs of students with mild and moderate cognitive disabilities. An 18-credit special education core is required of all students. This core develops competencies in the assessment and remediation of students with learning disabilities, collaborative teaching/consultation skills, and knowledge about New Jersey special education law.

The program does not include coursework leading to teacher certification in special education. Students with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in initial teacher certification in special education should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services.


Several other special education program options are also provided:


Applications can be completed online. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 for the fall term, October 15 for the spring term, and May 15 for the summer term.

Nonmatriculated Study. Students not interested in pursuing a master’s degree but interested in taking graduate courses can enroll in special education courses. An individual must be admitted as a nonmatriculated student prior to registering for a course. Nondegree students may take an unlimited number of credits, but only 12 of these (approved by the adviser) can be transferred toward the master’s degree.

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

Program Requirements

The 36-credit program is comprised of a special education core (18 credits); a learning, cognition, and development requirement (6 credits); educational statistics, measurements, and evaluation courses (6 credits); and electives (6 credits).

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

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 Dake Zhang.