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Dr. Julie Norflus-Good

Associate Professor of Teacher Education - Special Education, Director of the Master of Arts in Education

p: (201) 684-7246
e: jgood@ramapo.edu

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The Master’s Degree in Special Education prepares students to attain their Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification after completion of all degree requirements. All special education teachers must have dual certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities and another general certification area. The Master’s Degree in Special Education program will consist of 36 credit hours and will include formal coursework, a field internship, and an applied capstone research component.

The Ramapo M.A. Special Education will allow prospective Special Educators 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 Program

  • 36 Credits (includes 21 credits required for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate)
  • 2 nights / week
  • 8-10 credits / semester
  • Complete in 2 years
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The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to produce talented and confident Special Educators in compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A: 9-10 who are well-grounded in philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of Special Education; characteristics of students with disabilities; standardized and functional assessment; strategies for the development of literacy; curriculum planning, learning environments, modifications, and materials for students with disabilities; inclusive education practices, positive behavioral support, communication and collaborative partnerships; assistive technology; and transition planning, program development and agencies available for students with disabilities.

The ability to understand the legalities, appropriately advocate, educate and diagnose Special Education students is extremely complex.  Therefore, in order to prepare highly competent educators who are able to interpret data and apply the results and use research-based best practices, we must create opportunities that enable students to internalize such practices through observation, experiential learning, in actual school and community settings.  The Master of Arts in Special Education program allow prospective Special Educators to study under exemplary leaders in the field, those individuals who specifically demonstrate the essential behaviors, beliefs, characteristics and research-based best practices.

Q1. How many credits is the Master of Arts in Special Education Program?

A. The Master of Arts in Special Education Program is a 36-credit program.

Q2. How long will it take me to receive the degree?

A. The Master of Arts in Special Education Program can be completed in two years, part-time, and in the evenings provided the student takes two courses each fall and spring and one course over one summer session.

Q3. How many nights a week are classes?

A. Each course in the Master of Arts in Special Education program is one night a week. If students take the typical course load, they will take two courses a semester and one in the summer.

Q4. How many classes can I take each semester?

A. The Master of Arts in Special Education Program is constructed in a manner that students take two courses a semester.

Q5. Is there a certification attached to this degree?

A. After completion of all degree requirements, the Master of Arts in Special Education Program certifies students to receive the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification provided that they already have an additional teacher certification. Standard teacher certification is a requirement to enter this program and is not provided within the curriculum of this program. All students, not holding a provisional or standard teaching certificate, should contact the Ramapo College Post Baccalaureate – Teacher Certification office, Ms. Joanne Caselli – 201-684-7626 or jcaselli@ramapo.edu.

Q6. What are the application requirements for this degree?

A. The application requirements for the Master Arts of Special Education Program are as follows:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A provisional or standard teaching certification
  3. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Resume

Q7. Who can I contact to receive more information?

A. To receive more information on the Master of Arts Special Education Program, please contact:

Dr. Julie Norflus-Good
Program Director, Master of Arts
in Special Education (MASE)
jgood@ramapo.edu
201-684-7246

Julie Norflus-Good
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education - Special Education, Director of the Master of Arts in Education

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010
Phone: (201) 684-7246
Email: jgood@ramapo.edu
Office: E-220

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