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Resources for Secondary Special Education 5-Year Students

The Secondary Special Education Program at TCNJ for undergraduates is a five-year program that prepares students to be both content area teachers and teachers of students with disabilities. It culminates in a master’s degree and New Jersey certification in both a subject area (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Biology) and Special Education

Advising and Course Registration

At the start of each semester, please refer to the TCNJ’s academic calendar and familiarize yourself with the registration period for that semester. During the 2 weeks prior to registration, you should meet individually with both your content-area advisor from English, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Biology and your Secondary Education advisor. During the final semester of your undergraduate year and throughout your graduate year, you will meet with Dr. Peel as your graduate advisor.

When you meet with your advisor you must bring the following:

  • A projected schedule for the next semester including days and times for all courses.
  • A list of alternative courses with days and times
  • Your unofficial transcript

You must meet with your advisor prior to registering for courses. If you do not meet with your advisor, there will be a hold placed on your PAWS account and you will not be able to register for your courses for the next semester.

Liberal Learning Requirements

In order to fulfill the liberal learning requirements, students must complete an FSP, civic responsibilities and satisfy the breadth requirements for dual majors. Students must complete at least two courses from each broad sector and one course each in quantitative reasoning and natural science with laboratory. Some of the breadth requirements will be satisfied by courses that are also required for your major.

Below is a general outline of the liberal learning requirements for education dual majors:

First Seminar Program

First Seminar Course

Information Literacy

IDS 102

Community Engagement

CEL Learning Day or FSP

Civic Responsibilities

(Liberal learning courses can satisfy up to two civic responsibilities)
• Gender:
• Global
• Race & Ethnicity: EFN 299: Schools, Communities & Culture

Writing Requirement

• WRI 102 taken, transferred or waived
• Mid-level and Capstone writing requirements met through content area major

Second Language

Students in the 5-year Secondary Special Education Masters are exempt

Education Dual Majors Minimum Breadth Distribution:

Students must complete at least two courses from each broad sector and one course each in quantitative reasoning and natural science with laboratory. A single course can satisfy only one domain.

Arts and Humanities

(2 courses minimum)

• Literary, Visual and Performing Arts (Children’s or YA literature class recommended)
• World Views and Ways of Knowing

Social Sciences and History

(2 courses minimum)

• Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
     • SPE 103: Social & Legal Foundations of Special Education
     • EFN 299: Schools, Communities & Culture
• Social Change in Historical Perspective

Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning

(2 courses minimum)

• Natural Science Lab required (Biology recommended to satisfy state hygiene requirements)
• Quantitative Reasoning (One course required)

Information for Internal Transfers

If you are currently a TCNJ student who wishes to transfer into the five-year program, please view the Internal Transfer Information page.

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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.