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Ramapo College Office of Graduate Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 684-7270
Text: (201) 800-6057
Email: graduate@ramapo.edu
Fax: (201) 684-7964

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 or secondary content area 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:
    • a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) and Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) degree in just five years; or
    • a bachelor’s degree in a Content Area aligned with Secondary Certification and Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) degree in just five years; and
  • obtaining either:
    • NJ Elementary (K-6) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement; or
    • NJ Subject Area (K-12) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.
Requirements

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 Teacher Education & Certification Program and MASE coursework and clinical internship during just five years. However, three (3) graduate-level courses are completed during Years 3 and 4 of the undergraduate experience and, therefore, 12 credits are applied as dual undergraduate and graduate credit to both degrees. The table below provides details regarding these integrated dual credit courses:

Program Year /Semester Teacher 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 395 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 Subject Area K-12 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing requirements, please visit NJDOE K-12 Subject Area CEAS.

For additional information regarding the Teacher of Students with Disabilities 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 appropriate Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.

See Full Program Requirements – Teacher Education Program

See Full Program Requirements – Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE)

Program Enrollment/Application

  • 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.
  • Students interested in enrolling in the MASE program in the 4+1 track should complete the declaration form.

Program Accreditation

The Teacher Education Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey is offered through the School of Social Science and Human Services which is fully certified by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Ramapo program is approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education under the standards established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. Teacher preparation candidates are prepared to become student-oriented teachers who design high-quality learning activities to meet a broad spectrum of learning styles and learning needs.

The Teacher Education Program at Ramapo College is TEAC accredited through June 2021. Ramapo College is located ideally for access to field experience opportunities. Many outstanding urban, suburban, and rural school districts are within a reasonable distance from the college and are most generous in their efforts to support high standards in teacher preparation.

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4+1 Track Curriculum

4+1 Elem Ed / MASE and 4+1 Subject Area (Secondary Ed) / MASE

4+1 Elem Ed / MASE and 4+1 Subject Area (Secondary Ed) / MASE

Double counting courses taken during undergraduate curriculum

Summer I – 6 credits (Graduate level)

Summer II – 4 credits (Graduate level)

Fall – 7 credits (Graduate level)

Spring – 7 credits (Graduate level)

*Subject to change based on individual advising

4+1 Elementary Education BS and Special Education MA

**Curriculum maps and course offerings subject to change