Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies

Jumpstart your career in special education, disability studies, or professional counseling

Our programs prepare you for careers in special education including Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) or Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C), as well as a variety of jobs in disability services. Our professional counseling programs lead to careers as clinical mental health or school professional counselors. Here are some key statistics for education careers in New Jersey from Salary.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Starting Salary

Average New Jersey Starting Salaries in Special Education/Professional Counseling/Disability Studies (Salary.com)

Noteworthy Special Education/Professional Counseling/Disability Studies Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in New Jersey (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Special Education Teacher $78,090 School Guidance & Career Counselor $74,670 Child & Family Social Worker $67,290 School Community Service Manager $69,600 Director of Special Education $120,233 Special Education Supervisor $73,876
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in education employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

We prepare students for the high standards of performance expected within contemporary school systems and agencies. The College of Education is located in the state-of-the-art building at 1600 Valley Road, providing access to specialized facilities for teaching and learning. It includes a model classroom designed for study and demonstration of optimum teaching methods, as well as an assistive technology classroom equipped with the latest tools designed to provide curriculum access to persons with disabilities.

What You'll Learn

Teacher preparation programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and student outcomes are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and New Jersey professional standards for teachers. This ensures that our candidates gain in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for teachers.

Key Skills for
Careers in
Special Education/Professional Counseling/Disability Studies

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Communication/Public Speaking


Critical Thinking

Curriculum Development

Interpersonal Skills

Lesson Planning

Teaching Methodologies

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021