5-Year Special Education and Elementary Education (K-6)

Program Details

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


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 and field placements as assigned 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 summer between junior and senior years. 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 (CEAS) as a teacher.


Applications to the five-year teacher education programs can be completed online. 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.


Prerequisite Coursework  
Introduction to Education Introduction to Education Field Based Lab - Clinical Experience
Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning Introduction to Special Education
General Education  
Education and Computers or Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
Human Development: Birth through the Transition to Adulthood Other courses under advisement
Urban Social Justice Core  
Clinical Experience Phase 1 Clinical Practice Phase 2
Clinical Practice Phase 3 Clinical Practice Phase 3 Seminar
Teaching Emerging Bilinguals in PK-12 Classrooms 1 Teaching Emerging Bilinguals in PK-12 Classrooms 2
Urban Education 1 Urban Education 2
Classroom Organization for Inclusive and Special Classrooms Community-Based Language Learning
Teaching English Language Learners Students, Communities, and Social Justice
Program-Specific Coursework  
Art Across the Curriculum Assessment and Measurement for Special Education
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Inquiry Based Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Instruction for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Learning Disabilities
Literacy Development in the Early Years Literacy for Students with Disabilities
Materials and Methods in Special Education New Jersey Special Education Law
Science in PK and Elementary School: Learning and Assessment Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
Teaching Mathematics in PK and Elementary 1: Operations, Algebra, and Place Value Teaching Mathematics in Elementary 2: Fractions, Geometry, and Data Analysis

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 the Office of Student and Academic Services at academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu.