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

Download SPED Internal Transfer Application

The Department Chair evaluates applications from students who wish to transfer into the Special Education program from another department or another program. Applicants make an appointment to see Dr. Pancsofar, Co-Chair of the Special Education, Language, and Literacy Department 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.
Some additional clarifying information is noted below:

  1. Not all students applying for admission can be accepted due to limited space in our program.
  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) FYW/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.

Please email Nadya Pancsofar ( for more information or with any questions.