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About Special Education (MASE)

Are you passionate about working with students with disabilities? Could you see yourself working in an inclusive classroom setting for a group of diverse learners?

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed with the active classroom teacher in mind, the program provides prospective special education teachers with the foundation and tools required to accommodate the diverse learning styles and varied levels of instruction that address the needs of K-12 students.

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Classes you can take:

Home School and Community for Diverse Learners, Language, Literacy and Learning in a Diverse Setting, Implementation of Professional Skills, School Based Assessment and Implementing Data-Driven Decisions, Interdisciplinary Studies in a Diverse Classroom, Inclusion, Assistive Technology

See Full Program Requirements

The Master’s Degree in Special Education prepares you to attain your Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification after completion of all degree requirements. Since there is no stand-alone certification for special education in New Jersey, attainment of this certification fulfills half of the requirements to teach Special Education. All special education teachers must have dual certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities and another general certification area.

Working in the field of special education offers opportunities for you as a teacher to work as partners with colleagues, parents, trained specialists and the community while positively impacting the lives of children and their families.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Special Education Teachers, Preschool$29,780 - $100,690
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School$52,120 - $96,300
Special Education Teachers, Middle School$52,340 - $97,330
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School$53,690 - $102,940
Special Education Teachers, All Other$36,000 - $98,290

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services (cahill@ramapo.edu) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.

The Ramapo MASE program allows you as a prospective Special Educator to:

  • Study under exemplary leaders in the field;
  • Gain hands-on learning through a field internship available at your current school;
  • Integrate theory and practice through an applied capstone research capstone;
  • Bring real experience to life and learn from other educators in Ramapo’s cohort model program;
  • Complete all requirements in preparation of the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

The MASE program enables you as a teacher to focus on differentiating instruction and adapting or modifying general education curricula, such as reading, writing and math. You will be a specially trained as an educator to also teach basic skills concepts, such as literacy, life skills, and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.

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