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Overview

The MASE 4+1 Dual Certification program offers students the option of a five-year integrated undergraduate and graduate program that prepares them to be both elementary teachers, as well as teachers of students with special needs. The MASE 4+1 Dual Certification program option is ideal for students who are specifically interested in:

  • the academic rigor and opportunity to achieve both a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) and Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) degree in just five years; and
  • obtaining both the NJ Elementary (K-6) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.
About the Program

The MASE 4+1 Dual Certification program requirements consist of both coursework, distinct course-aligned clinical experiences and a full-year clinical practice internship in a variety of both inclusive and special education school settings.  Required courses and clinical internships may be taken during the traditional fall and spring semesters, summer sessions I and II, winter session and online, see Academic Calendars.

Students who enroll in the MASE 4+1 program complete all of the required BSEE and MASE coursework and clinical internship during just five years. However, three (3) graduate-level courses are completed during Years 3 and 4 of their undergraduate (BS in Elementary Education) experience and, therefore, 12 credits are applied as dual undergraduate and graduate credit to both the BSEE and MASE degrees. The table below provides details regarding these integrated dual credit courses:

Program Year /Semester BS in Elementary Education Course Requirement Aligned MASE 4+1 Dual Credit Replacement Course
Year 3/Fall, Spring or Summer Semester EDUC 360/EDUC 395 EDSP 610 – HOME SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS
Year 4/Fall Semester EDUC 365 EDSP 615 – LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SETTING
Year 4/Spring Semester EDUC 495 EDSP 620 – IMPLEMENTATION OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (FIELD COMPONENT)

The fourth year of the student’s academic program is a modified cohort model which also requires:

  • Fall Semester – completion of the part-time Clinical Practice I internship (180 hours) and co-requisite methods courses
  • Spring Semester – completion of the full-time Clinical Practice II internship (525 hours) and co-requisite Capstone Seminar

For additional information regarding the NJ Elementary K – 6 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing requirements, please visit NJDOE K-6 Elementary CEAS.

For additional information regarding the NJ Elementary K – 6 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing requirements, please visit NJDOE Teacher of Students with Disabilities CEAS.

Completion of the above program is noted on the student’s official Ramapo College of NJ transcripts. Guidance is provided for students to successfully apply to the state of New Jersey for the NJ Elementary Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.

See Full Program Requirements – BS in Elementary Education (BSEE)

See Full Program Requirements – MA in Special Education (MASE)

Program Enrollment
  • Prospective MASE 4+1 students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Julie Good, MASE/MASE 4+1 Program Director (201-684-7246) prior to enrollment in or application to this program.
  • Current Ramapo education students in Good Academic Standing should use the Major/Minor Declaration Form available through the Registrar’s Office to enroll in this program. Click on “Change of Major/Minor” to access the form.
Outcomes for the Program

Goal 1:  MASE graduate students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the theories, principles, and concepts of special education.

Outcome 1:  MASE graduate students will further develop a working knowledge of professional, legal, and ethical obligations when working in a special education environment.

Outcome 2: MASE graduate students will participate appropriately in professional, legal, and ethical obligations when working in a special education environment.

Goal 2: MASE graduate students will demonstrate knowledge of the various assessments used when working with children with special needs.

Outcome 1: MASE graduate students will demonstrate the ability to know effective school-based research methods, assessments and related strategies.

Outcome 2: MASE graduate students will clearly describe the specific assessment that they will be using to analyze their data.

Curriculum
Requirements of the Program
  1. Courses are taken in specified sequence and each student must register for the courses that are being offered each semester.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade of B must be maintained at all times for the successful completion of this program.
  3. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.