Masters of Education - Learning Disabilities Concentration with Teacher Consultant Certificate

It is the intent of the program to provide current advanced information on educational research, service delivery, trends, community services, societal attitudes, technical developments, and instructional strategies and practices for the education of persons with disabilities. The programs' varied offerings allow teachers, learning consultants, supervisors, and other personnel within and outside special education to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the disabled in a variety of settings. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum and documented three years of teaching experience, the candidate is eligible for the New Jersey certificate as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C).

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Program Advisor: Dr. Peter Griswold
Entry Requirements
  • Completion of all general graduate admission requirements, including a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Standard NJ Teacher's Certificate
  • Written philosophy of education statement
  • Two letters of reference from professional sources.
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale: prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or a scale score of at least 388 on the Miller Analogies Test.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for applications to be processed.
Course Requirements: 39 Credits --NOTE: All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.
Course Number and Title Credits
Foundation Courses  
SPED 5310 Orientation to Psychological Testing 3
SPED 5430 Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities* 3
SPED 6210 Physiological Basis of Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 6220 Learning Theory and Applications 3
SPED 6240 The Universally Designed Differentiated Classroom 3
SPED 6250 Collaboration Theory and Practice 3
SPED 6290 Current Issues in Special Education 3
SPED 6320 Research in Special Education I 3
SPED 6330 Research in Special Education II 3
SPED 6440 Correction of Learning Disabilities** 3
Research and Clinical Courses
SPED 6570 Seminar in Clinical Application to Learning Disabilities 3
Directed Elective 3


Exit Requirements

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM: All M.Ed. degree Candidates in Learning Disabilities must take the graduate comprehensive examination, but only after they have successfully completed 24 credits, including SPED 6440, SPED 6210 and their prerequisites. Application may be made for the examination only if a 3.0 graduate grade point average has been maintained. The comprehensive exam tests subject matter in the Learning Disabilities area. Please see your advisor regarding special requirements and specimen exams

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*SPED 5420 is the pre-requisite for SPED 5430
**SPED 5430 is the pre-requisite for SPED 6440