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Special Education, Language & Literacy Department

Build the right foundation to teach diverse learners, whether you are an aspiring or an experienced teacher. All of our programs—at the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate levels—provide students with a specialized repertoire of skills and strategies to teach in their area of choice: special education, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, reading, and English as a second language.

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Learn to address special needs in the very young while earning a master’s degree and two certifications.



Prepare for a variety of career options in special education or typical classrooms at all school levels.



Coursework and field placements are integrated across the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Recent News

  • April 9, 2018

    The Troublemakers Project was supported by The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Trenton Central High School students, TCNJ students, and local and national disability rights advocates.  This year-long collaboration addressed how the label of “troublemaker” is used to reinforce deficit perspectives about students and families who are multiply marginalized in schools and society. Carla...

  • March 29, 2017

    Congratulations to Joyce Seifried and Lindsey Gerding, Special Education/iStem majors in our 5 year program! Lindsey Gerding, Joyce Seifried, and Marilyn Widman placed first in the Educational Display competition at the International Technology and Engineering Education Association National Conference. Their paper focused on the importance of providing access to an Engineering and Technology Education curriculum...

  • August 3, 2016

    Steven Singer joins SELL in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program

  • August 3, 2016

    David Bwire joins SELL as a literacy specialist

  • July 27, 2016

    Aliki is a recent graduate from the Special Education 5 year dual certification program.