M.A. in Learning Disabilities

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities is an innovative program designed to provide motivated teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the multitude of challenges found in both regular and special education classrooms. Classroom teachers are skillfully prepared to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties. This program received national accreditation and recognition from NCATE and CEC. There are two tracks available in the M.A. in Learning Disabilities program.

Track 1
Track I is designed to prepare candidates for the Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant certification. Students in this track work in collaboration with other members of a child study team, gaining field experience.

Track 2
Track II is for graduate students who wish to facilitate learning for young children with developmental delays and disabilities.


Program Code: MA-LRNDIS / Major Code: G818

Track 1

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 39 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Track 2

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 33 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 33–39)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (33–39 s.h.)
LDTC 18516 Applied Tests and Measurements 3
LDTC 18510 Applied Theories of Learning 3
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Bases of Educational Disorders 3
READ 30530 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children 3
LDTC 18503 Foundations of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18504 Assessment of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18505 Correction of Learning Disabilities 3
LDTC 18525 Advanced Assessment Techniques 3
LDTC 18650 Clinical & Field Experiences in Learning Disabilities 6
LDTC 18600 Seminar and Research in Learning Disabilities I 3
LDTC 18601 Seminar and Research in Learning Disabilities II 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation (One letter must be from the candidate's principal/supervisor, attesting to one year of teaching experience)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results
  • Copy of NJ Standard Instructional Certificate in subject/content area
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
  • On-site writing sample (conducted during interview)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 12/01/2014
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 04/01/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 08/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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