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Teacher Education Programs

Whatever type of classroom you envision, your teaching career begins at Georgian Court University. Our M.A. in Education and postbaccalaureate programs deliver the foundation necessary to become an exceptional teacher, school counselor, or educational service provider.

GCU boasts a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses traditional learning and field experience. You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills that translate seamlessly into a thriving career in education, along with the ability to tailor our programs to fit your needs.

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Class Meets in Your Area

  • Ocean County
  • Monmouth County
  • Middlesex County

Program Highlights

  • Hybrid program combines a personal cohort experience with the convenience of an online format
  • Classes meet face-to-face just three sessions every 7½ weeks
  • Two-year completion time, including summer and holiday breaks
  • Course make-up options if scheduling conflicts occur
  • Up to 6 transfer credits considered

22% Tuition Discount – Save $567 per course

  • Financial aid and “pay-as-you-go” plans are available
  • Discounted tuition is guaranteed for the length of the program
  • Teacher loan forgiveness of up to $5,000 is available for teachers who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other requirements
  • TEACH Grant Funding may be available depending on your selected program
  • Named among Money magazine’s Top 50 Schools That Add the Most Value and ranked by Washington Monthly as a “Best Bang for the Buck” College in 2015

Accredited Quality Programs

  • Georgian Court University is a nonprofit university that is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Teacher education programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Georgian Court University was ranked among the Best Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News & World Report for the year 2015.

This program is for those who want to teach all subjects in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings for kindergartners up through pupils in sixth grade.

Programs

  • Teacher Education Certification (39 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 15 credits)

Courses
Certification:

  • EDC5105 Introduction to Inclusive Education (includes 60-hour clinical experience) (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5115 Instructional Design for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5206 Assessment & Instructional Planning for Students with Special Needs (3)
  • EDC5210 Instruction in English Language Arts & Literacy for Inclusive Elementary Education (3)
  • EDC5211 Instruction in Literacy/Social Studies for the Inclusive Elementary Education Classroom (3)
  • EDC5225 Mathematics & Science Instruction for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC6313 Co-Planning & Co-Teaching for Inclusive Education (includes 90-hour field experience) (3)
  • EDC6080 Clinical Practice (15 weeks full-time clinical practice) (3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

Teach students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade in a single subject area in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings with this designation. Most GCU graduates who have completed this program go on to instruct art, biology, chemistry, English, history, math, music, Spanish, and other subjects.

Programs

  • Teacher Education Certification (39 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 15 credits)

Courses
Certification:

  • EDC5105 Introduction to Inclusive Education (includes 60-hour clinical experience in schools) (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5120 Instructional Design for Secondary Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5206 Assessment & Instructional Design for Students with Special Needs (3)
  • EDC5215 Instruction in Literacy for Inclusive Secondary Education I (3)
  • EDC5220 Instruction in Literacy for Inclusive Secondary Education II (3)
  • EDC5230 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC6313 Co-Planning & Co-Teaching for Inclusive Education (includes 90-hour field experience) (3)
  • EDC6080 Clinical Practice (15 weeks clinical practice) (3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

Create powerful digital learning materials using a wide range of technologies to deliver instructional content via Web-based resources, collaborative tools, video resources, and mobile devices. Courses in the Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (MAIT) program cover theoretical and practical approaches to instructional technology, including foundations of instructional design and learning theory to engage students in learning with apps, videos, podcasts, social media, simulations, and games. The program culminates with the opportunity to conceptualize and develop a project.

Programs

  • Instructional Technology GCU Certificate (15 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 18 credits)

Courses
Certification:

  • EDC5501 Collaborative Tools in Education (3)
  • EDC5502 Multimedia Design for Learning (3)
  • EDC5503 Web Design & Publishing (3)
  • EDC5504 Social Media for Active Participation (3)
  • EDC5505 Computer Programming for STEM Education (3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5601 Cognitive Science & Instructional Technology I (3)
  • EDC5602 Video Games & Play in Learning (3)
  • EDC5701 Cognitive Science & Instructional Technology II (3)
  • EDC5702 Designing Games & Simulations (3)
  • EDC5703 Research in Instructional Technology (3)
  • EDC6001 Instructional Technology Capstone (3)

Advanced and Educational Services Programs

Existing teachers and others holding a bachelor’s degree can advance their expertise by earning credits in nine available focus areas.

Complete this 15-credit program and gain the tools needed to teach to speakers of other languages in a bilingual setting. Become a resource to those around you, help integrate language standards into your school, and stand out with this extra credential.

Program

  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement (15 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5020 Foundations of Second Language Education (3)
  • EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDC5026 History, Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
  • EDC5022 Theory/ Practice of Teaching Second Language Learners (3)
  • EDC5027 Literacy Skills for Second Language Learners (3)

Expand your knowledge of teaching ESL with this program. Earn your ESL endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.A. in Education.

Programs

  • English as a Second Language Endorsement (21 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 18 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5020 Foundations of Second Language Education (3)
  • EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDC5026 History, Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
  • EDC5022 Theory/ Practice of Teaching Second Language Learners (3)
  • EDC5025 Language & Culture (3)
  • EDC5027 Literacy Skills for Second Language Learners (3)
  • EDC5024 Second Language Education Curriculum (3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

The autism spectrum disorders program gives you in-depth study of this range of disorders along with insight on intervention methods. Options include a GCU certificate program and an M.A. in Education degree program.

Programs

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders GCU Certificate (15 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 21 credits)

Courses
GCU Certificate:

  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & PDD (3)
  • EDC5302 Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5303 Communication & Social Skills Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDC5304 Assessment & Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDC5305 Interventions & Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive School(3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology in an Inclusive Setting (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

Make a difference in the lives of students who have disabilities with this distinguished credential. It’s geared for general education teachers who hold a valid New Jersey instructional certificate and want to teach students with disabilities in inclusive and special education settings.

Programs

  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement (21 credits)
  • M.A. Degree (additional 15 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5030 Introduction to Educating Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5031 Curriculum Planning for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5032 Community Services for Individuals with Special Needs (3)
  • EDC5034 Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5035 Strategies for the Development of Literacy (3)
  • EDC5036 Accommodations & Modifications for Successful Inclusion (3)
  • EDC5037 Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities(3)

M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism and PDD (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

This M.A. in Education program will equip you to successfully teach students with disabilities. It offers an in-depth study of the learning needs of children with disabilities as well as innovative strategies on how to meet them. This is geared toward special educators who already hold the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement and want to advance their knowledge.

Program

  • M.A. Degree (36 credits)

Courses
M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5030 Introduction to Educating Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5301 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Autism & PDD (3)
  • EDC5031 Curriculum Planning for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5032 Community Services for Individuals with Special Needs (3)
  • EDC5037 Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology in an Inclusive Setting (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

Become a school counselor who assists students, families, the school community, and the community as a whole. This 48-credit M.A. in Education program delves into the theories of counseling and child development as well as intervention methods and includes substantial internship time.

Program

  • M.A. Degree (48 credits)

Courses
M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC6301 Foundations of School Counseling (3)
  • EDC5032 Community Services for Individuals with Special Needs (3)
  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC6302 Theory & Procedures of Counseling (3)
  • EDC5040 Multicultural Issues in Counseling (3)
  • EDC5158 Instructional Technology for Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC6303 Counseling & Interviewing Techniques (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5037 Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC6304 Career Counseling & Development (3)
  • EDC6305 School Counseling Seminar I (3)
  • EDC6306 School Counseling Seminar II (3)
  • EDC6092 School Counseling Internship I (3)
  • EDC6093 School Counseling Internship II (3)

Study staff supervision, administration, and curriculum development as part of the director of school counseling services endorsement program. This requires three years of school counselor experience and prepares you to advance your career in a leadership position.

Program

  • Director of School Counseling Services Endorsement (9 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5101 School Law (3)
  • EDC5102 Supervision of Instruction in the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)

Designed for experienced, certified teachers, the LDTC master’s degree program gives you in-depth knowledge to join child study teams or work as an independent practitioner. You’ll learn about the psychological and neurophysiologic causes of learning disabilities, conducting educational and psychological assessments, innovative teaching strategies, and case management techniques. This program includes a practicum experience. A post-master’s program is available for experienced teachers who already hold a M.A. degree and wish to earn the LDTC endorsement.

Programs

  • M.A. Degree (33 credits)
  • Post-Master’s Endorsement (24 credits)

Courses
Post-Master’s Endorsement:

  • EDC5005 Learning Theory & Practice (3)
  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC5037 Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5033 Physiological & Neurophysiologic Basis of Learning (3)
  • EDC7003 Data-Based Interventions in the Collaborative Classroom (3)
  • EDC7001 Diagnosis & Assessment of Learning Problems (3)
  • EDC7002 Remediating & Accommodating Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EDC7801 Practicum in Learning Disabilities (3)

Additional for M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5034 Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & PDD (3)

Give children the lifelong gift of being able to read and comprehend written material. Use expertise in the classroom or as a coach in a reading literacy program. You’ll understand the theories and processes of reading and writing, be able to diagnose and remediate reading issues, and coach students for greater success. The program includes an M.A. in Education. If you have completed two years of full-time teaching, you will earn certification as a reading specialist.

Programs

  • M.A. Degree (33 credits)
  • Post-Master’s Endorsement (33 credits)

Courses
M.A. Degree & Post-Master’s Endorsement:

  • EDC5001 Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5034 Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5201 Nature of the Reading Process (3)
  • EDC5202 Literature for Children & Youth (3)
  • EDC5203 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDC5204 Articulation, Supervision & Evaluation of Reading Programs (3)
  • EDC5027 Literacy for Second Language Learners (3)
  • EDC6201 Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)
  • EDC6202 Research-Based Techniques for the Correction of Reading Problems (3)
  • EDC6084 Reading Practicum (3)

Administration & Leadership Programs

Advance your career in the education field as a principal or school business administrator. Leverage your leadership acumen and educational background as you set organization-wide strategies, take a hands-on approach to managing operations, and direct the entire community to success.

Develop your leadership acumen and educational knowledge to become a school principal, business administrator, supervisor, or other administrator. This 36-credit program equips you to sustain a school community that is engaging and effective. You’ll learn more about school administration best practices and strategic planning foundations that will propel you to become an outstanding school administrator.

Program

  • M.A. Degree (36 credits)

Courses
M.A. Degree:

  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC6101 Organizational Leadership Theory in the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5102 Supervision of Instruction in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5013 Curricular Leadership & Management for Diverse & Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5101 School Law (3)
  • EDC6102 Organizational Leadership Practice in the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC6401 Supervision & Leadership of Instruction & Learning (3)
  • EDC6103 Data-based Strategies for Decision Making (3)
  • EDC6104 Financial Management (3)
  • EDC6090 Internship in Administration & Leadership I (3)
  • EDC6091 Internship in Administration & Leadership II (3)

The school business administrator is vital to the school’s leadership team and acts as the school’s chief financial officer. You’ll sharpen your knowledge of best practices in planning, grant management, budgeting, and other aspects of school function. Upon completing this 18-credit program, you’ll qualify for a certificate in this specialty.

Program

  • Post-Master’s School Business Administrator Endorsement (18 credits)

Courses
Post-Master’s School Business Administrator Endorsement:

  • EC501 Economic Survey (3)
  • EDC5101 School Law (3)
  • EDC6101 Organizational Leadership Theory in the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC6102 Organizational Leadership Practice in the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC6103 Data-based Strategies for Decision Making (3)
  • EDC6104 Financial Management (3)

Direct a school district’s curriculum, instruction, and staff development with certification as a school supervisor. Some GCU graduates have used this educational foundation to go on to become assistant superintendents. You must already have an M.A. to get into this 12-credit program.

Program

  • Post-Master’s School Supervisor Endorsement (12 credits)

Courses
Post-Master’s School Supervisor Endorsement:

  • EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
  • EDC5013 Curricular Leadership & Management for Diverse & Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5102 Supervision of Instruction in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC6401 Supervision & Leadership of Instruction & Learning (3)

“During my internship at GCU, I had the privilege of working alongside my principal on 18 projects aligned with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards. As an educator, continuing one’s education is critical in the field. We can never learn too much!”

Jennifer Bumbico ’15, Teacher, St. Mary Elementary, Middletown, NJ
Jennifer Bumbico ’15, Teacher, St. Mary Elementary, Middletown, NJ