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For Current TCNJ Students: Transfer into the Five-Year Special Education Program


The Undergraduate Coordinator evaluates applications from students who wish to transfer into the Special Education program from another department or another program. Internal transfer applications are reviewed in October and February. Incoming freshmen may not apply to transfer into the Special Education program during their first semester at TCNJ. Interested Freshmen must wait to apply until the Spring semester of their first year. Interested Sophomore and Junior candidates may apply in Fall or Spring semester.

Applicants make an appointment to see Dr. Anthony, coordinator of the undergraduate Special Education program for an interview. During this interview, the five-year program is explained, and questions are answered. The applicant is then asked to complete an application (obtained online or in the Department of Special Education, Language, and Literacy) and submit it by the indicated deadline. Applications are evaluated based on current GPA and response to the essay question contained in the application; the latter is also used as a writing sample.

Applicants are notified if they were selected for admission prior to the start of registration for the upcoming semester. Accepted internal transfer students will meet with Dr. Anthony (who will serve as their initial advisor) during the registration period.

Some additional clarifying information is noted below:

1.      Not all students applying for admission can be accepted due to limited space in our program, academic challenges (most students accepted have at least a 3.0), poor writing skills based upon the essay questions, and potential disposition problems that may result in an unsuccessful academic experience.

2.      Students may take SPE 103, SPE 203, SLP, 102, and RAL 225 (i.e. the lower level special education courses) while their application is being considered.  A minimum grade of B- must be attained in each of these courses before being permitted to take upper-level special education courses.  In addition, no upper-level special education courses (including SPE 322, generally taken in the second year of the program) can be taken without admission to the program as a Special Education Major.

3.      Students must have satisfactorily completed (or been waived from) FSP, WRI 102, and SPE 103 before they can be formally admitted to the Special Education program. Students may be provisionally accepted to the Special Education program until this coursework is completed.   

The deadline for Fall internal transfer applications is 10/5. The deadline for Spring internal transfer applications is 2/15. Please email Helene Anthony ( for more information or with any questions.


The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. All advising sessions will be conducted virtually through phone, Skype, or Google Hangout as determined with your education advisor.