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Graduate Education

Whatever type of classroom you envision, your teaching career begins at Georgian Court University. Our M.A.T. program delivers the foundation necessary to become an exceptional teacher.

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.

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

Requirements

  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Child and Adolescent Development (3) and Educational Psychology (3);
  • Completion of the 46-credit Elementary Education component;
  • Qualifying scores on a NJ Department of Education approved test of basic skills (PRAXIS CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE, or a combination of these);
  • Passing score on the Praxis II exam in Elementary Education (Multiple Subjects);
  • Passing scores on the three GCU exams: Physiology and Hygiene (P&H); Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB); Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CARE);
  • Satisfactory ratings in clinical practice, including recommendation for certification; and
  • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program (note: students with grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 may qualify to be in the Limited CEAS Pilot Program and should speak to their Advisor about this possibility).

M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (P–3)

EDC5110Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5038Psychology of the Exceptional Child3.0
EDC5999Field Experience in Special Education 11.0
ECE5201Instr Des & Techn Integ in Incl ECE3.0
ECE5202Instr in ELA & Lit I in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
EDC5403Evi-Based Prac for Inst Stdnts w/ Autism3.0
ECE5203Numeracy in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
EDC5402Accom Mod & Asst Techn for SWD3.0
ECE5204Inst Lit II & SS Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5205Sci & Tech in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
EDC5206Educational Assessment3.0
ECE6212Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ECE 23.0
ECE6302Early Childhood Clinical Practice 39.0
ECE6303Reflective Practice in EC & SpEd3.0
Total Credits46.0
1

Requires 50 hours of clinical experience.

2

Requires 175 hours of clinical practice.

3

Requires 15 weeks of full-time clinical practice.



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.

Requirements

  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Child and Adolescent Development (3) and Educational Psychology (3);
  • Completion of the 46-credit Elementary Education component;
  • Qualifying scores on a NJ Department of Education approved test of basic skills (PRAXIS CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE, or a combination of these);
  • Passing score on the Praxis II exam in Elementary Education (Multiple Subjects);
  • Passing scores on the three GCU exams: Physiology and Hygiene (P&H); Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB); Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CARE);
  • Satisfactory ratings in clinical practice including recommendation for certification; and
  • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program (note: students with grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 may qualify to be in the Limited CEAS Pilot Program and should speak to their Advisor about this possibility).

M.A.T. in Elementary Education (K–6)

EDC5110Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5038Psychology of the Exceptional Child3.0
EDC5999Field Experience in Special Education 11.0
EDC5115Instr Dsgn & Techn Intgr Incl ElEd3.0
EDC5210Instr in ELA & Lit I in Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5403Evi-Based Prac for Inst Stdnts w/ Autism3.0
EDC5207Numeracy in Incl El & SpEd3.0
EDC5402Accom Mod & Asst Techn for SWD3.0
EDC5211Instr Lit II & Soc St in Incl El & SpEd3.0
EDC5208Sci & Tech in Incl ElEd & SpEd3.0
EDC5206Educational Assessment3.0
EDC6214Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ElEd 23.0
EDC6404Elementary Education Clinical Practice 39.0
EDC6405Refl Prac in ElEd & SpEd3.0
Total Credits46.0
1

Requires 50 hours of clinical experience.

2

Requires 175 hours of clinical practice.

3

Requires 15 weeks of full-time clinical practice.



Teach students ranging from kindergarten through Grade 12 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, business, chemistry, English, history, math, or Spanish, depending on their major.

Requirements

  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Child and Adolescent Development (3) and Educational Psychology (3);
  • Completion of the 43-credit Subject-Specific/Secondary Education component;
  • A liberal arts content major in the area of intended certification including not less than 12 credits at the 300 and 400 level. Note: Content areas may have specific course requirements;
  • Qualifying scores on a NJ Department of Education approved test of basic skills (PRAXIS CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE, or a combination of these);
  • Passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam in the intended area of certification;
  • Passing scores on the three GCU exams: Physiology and Hygiene (P&H); Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB); Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CARE);
  • Satisfactory ratings in clinical practice, including recommendation for certification; and
  • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program (note: students with grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 may qualify to be in the Limited CEAS Pilot Program and should speak to their Advisor about this possibility).

M.A.T. in Subject-Specific Education

EDC5110Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5038Psychology of the Exceptional Child3.0
EDC5999Field Experience in Special Education 11.0
EDC5120Instr Dsgn & Techn Intgr Incl SecEd3.0
EDC5215Instr in Literacy in Sec Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5403Evi-Based Prac for Inst Stdnts w/ Autism3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
EDC5229
Sec Subj Instr Inc & SpEd HPE
EDC5231
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Lang Arts
EDC5232
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Science
EDC5233
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd World Lang
EDC5234
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Math
EDC5236
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Art
EDC5237
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Bus
EDC5238
Sec Subj Instr Incl & SpEd Soc St
EDC5402Accom Mod & Asst Techn for SWD3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
EDC5330
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Lang Arts
EDC5331
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Science
EDC5332
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd World Lang
EDC5333
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Math
EDC5334
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Soc St
EDC5335
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Art
EDC5336
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Business
EDC5337
Instr Techn in Incl & SpEd Health & PE
EDC5206Educational Assessment3.0
EDC6215Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm SecEd 23.0
EDC6406Secondary Education Clinical Practice 39.0
EDC6407Reflective Practice in SecEd & SpED3.0
Total Credits43.0
1

Requires 50 hours of clinical experience.

2

Requires 175 hours of clinical practice.

3

Requires 15 weeks of full-time clinical practice.



This program is for those who want to teach English language learners in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings.

Requirements

  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Child and Adolescent Development (3) and Educational Psychology (3);
  • Completion of the 46-credit English as a Second Language component;
  • Qualifying scores on a NJ Department of Education approved test of basic skills (PRAXIS CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE, or a combination of these);
  • Praxis II testing is not required; instead, an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) must be passed;
  • Passing scores on the three GCU exams: Physiology and Hygiene (P&H); Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB); and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CARE);
  • Satisfactory ratings in clinical practice, including recommendation for certification; and
  • Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program (note: students with grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 may qualify to be in the Limited CEAS Pilot Program and should speak to their Advisor about this possibility).

M.A.T. in English as a Second Language (ESL)

EDC5110Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd3.0
EDC5038Psychology of the Exceptional Child3.0
EDC5999Field Experience in Special Education 11.0
EDC5113Instr Dsgn & Techn Intgr Incl ELL3.0
EDC5021Second Language Acquisition3.0
EDC5403Evi-Based Prac for Inst Stdnts w/ Autism3.0
EDC5026Phonology & Structure of American Eng3.0
EDC5402Accom Mod & Asst Techn for SWD3.0
EDC5022Teaching ESL Through Content3.0
EDC5027Literacy for Multilingual Learners3.0
EDC5206Educational Assessment3.0
EDC6210Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ESL 23.0
EDC6299ESL Clinical Practice 39.0
EDC6300Refl Prac in ESL & SpEd3.0
Total Credits46.0
1

Requires 50 hours of clinical experience.

2

Requires 175 hours of clinical practice.

3

Requires 15 weeks of full-time clinical practice.



Off-Campus Cohort Education Programs

7-Week Courses

Class Meets in Your Area

  • Middlesex County
  • Somerset County
  • Union County
  • Morris County
  • Bergen County
  • Essex County
  • Hunterdon County
  • Passaic County

Program Highlights

  • Hybrid program combines a personal cohort experience with the convenience of an online format
  • Classes meet face-to-face in a school nearby; just three sessions every 7.5 weeks
  • Select programs available completely online
  • Two-year completion time or less, including summer and holiday breaks
  • Up to 6 transfer credits considered

Program Offerings

  • ESL Endorsement w/M.Ed.
  • Reading/Literacy Specialization w/M.Ed.
  • Teacher of Students w/Disabilities Endorsement w/M.Ed.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate w/M.Ed.
  • M.A. in Administration & Leadership leading to School Supervisor Certificate, Principal Certificate, School Administrator Certificate, and/or School Business Administrator Certificate

Accredited Quality Programs

  • Georgian Court University is a nonprofit university that is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Instructional endorsement and administration and leadership programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Accredited by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Ranked among the Best Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News & World Report for 2018

Advanced & Educational Services Programs

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

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.Ed. degree program. Both options are available fully online.
Autism GCU Certificate
EDC5301Nature & Needs Indivs w/Aut&PervasDevDis3.0
EDC5302Strategies Teach Students w/Aut & DevDis 13.0
EDC5303Soc Communic Intervent Students w/ASD3.0
EDC5304Assess & Curr Inter for Autism Spec Dis3.0
EDC5305Intervent & Supports Level 1 Char ASD3.0
Total Credits15.0
1

Requires 10 hours of clinical experience.

Additional courses required for master’s degree:

EDC5001Philo & Psych Found of Incl Ed3.0
EDC5002Diversity in Inclusive Education3.0
EDC5010Curr Leadership for the Incl Sch3.0
EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5158Instr Technology for Incl Education3.0
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3.0
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3.0
Total Credits21.0


Complete this 12-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. This program is also available fully online.

Program

  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement (12 credits)

Courses

Endorsement:

  • EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDC5022 Theory, Practice & Methods of Teaching ESL/English Through the Content Areas
  • EDC5026 Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
  • EDC5027 Developing Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learner (3)

Make an impact on the youngest students with this program for certified teachers. Earn your Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3 endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree.

ECE Program
ECE5101Growth Dev & Learning in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5102Incl ECE Curriculum & Assessment3.0
ECE5105Family, Community & the Young Child3.0
ECE5202Instr in ELA & Lit I in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5203Numeracy in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5204Inst Lit II & SS Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5205Sci & Tech in Incl ECE & SpEd3.0
ECE5300Issues in Early Childhood Education3.0
Total Credits24.0

Additional courses required for master’s degree:

EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3.0
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3.0
Total Credits9.0



For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Expand your knowledge of teaching ESL with this program. Earn your ESL endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree. The ESL programs are also available fully online.

ESL Program
EDC5021Second Language Acquisition3.0
EDC5022Teaching ESL Through Content3.0
EDC5023Hist & Culture of Multilingual Learners3.0
EDC5026Phonology & Structure of American Eng3.0
EDC5027Literacy for Multilingual Learners3.0
Total Credits15.0

Additional courses required for master’s degree:

EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5002Diversity in Inclusive Education3.0
EDC5024Second Language Education Curriculum3.0
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3.0
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3.0
Total Credits15.0



For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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.Ed. degree. If you have completed two years of full-time teaching, you will earn certification as a reading specialist.
EDC5001Philo & Psych Found of Incl Ed3.0
EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5034Understanding Learning Disabilities3.0
EDC5201Nature of the Reading Process3.0
EDC5202Multicultural Literature for Children3.0
EDC5203Engaging Diverse Lrnrs in Rdg & Wtg3.0
EDC5204Articulation Superv & Eval of Read Prog3.0
EDC5027Literacy for Multilingual Learners3.0
EDC6201Assess & Diagnosis of Read Abilities3.0
EDC6202Rsrch-Based Techniq Correct Rding Chall3.0
EDC6084Reading Specialist Practicum3.0
Total Credits33.0


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

Master of Education

EDC5001Philo & Psych Found of Incl Ed3.0
EDC6301Foundations of School Counseling3.0
EDC5032Comm Serv for Stdts at-Risk & w/ Except3.0
EDC5038Psychology of the Exceptional Child3.0
EDC6302Theory & Procedures of Counseling3.0
EDC5040Counseling Diverse Populations3.0
EDC5158Instr Technology for Incl Education3.0
EDC6303Counseling & Interview Techniques3.0
EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5010Curr Leadership for the Incl Sch3.0
EDC5037Psych & Ed Assess of Studnts w/ Disabl3.0
EDC6304Career Counseling & Development3.0
EDC6305School Counseling Seminar I3.0
EDC6306School Counseling Seminar II3.0
EDC6092School Counseling Internship I3.0
EDC6093School Counseling Internship II3.0
Total Credits48.0


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.
EDC5101School Law3.0
EDC5102Superv of Instr in the Incl School3.0
EDC5010Curr Leadership for the Incl Sch3.0
Total Credits9.0


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. Earn your Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree. The TSD programs are also available fully online.

TOSD Endorsement Program
EDC5030Educ Students w/Disab in LRE3.0
EDC5031Curr Plan Accom & Mod Students w/Disab 13.0
EDC5032Comm Serv for Stdts at-Risk & w/ Except 13.0
EDC5034Understanding Learning Disabilities 23.0
EDC5037Psych & Ed Assess of Studnts w/ Disabl3.0
EDC5302Strategies Teach Students w/Aut & DevDis 23.0
EDC5303Soc Communic Intervent Students w/ASD3.0
Total Credits21.0
1

Requires 15 hours of clinical experience.

2

Requires 10 hours of clinical experience.

Additional courses required for master’s degree:

EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5304Assess & Curr Inter for Autism Spec Dis3.0
EDC5305Intervent & Supports Level 1 Char ASD3.0
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3.0
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3.0
Total Credits15.0



For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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. This program is available both on campus and in a fully online format.
EDC5010Curr Leadership for the Incl Sch3.0
EDC6101Organizational Leader Theo in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5014Methods of Res for Leaders in Incl Sch3.0
EDC5102Superv of Instr in the Incl School3.0
EDC5013Curr Lead & Mang for Diverse & Incl Sch3.0
EDC5101School Law3.0
EDC6102Organizational Leader Prac in Incl Sch3.0
EDC6401Superv & Leadership of Instr & Learning3.0
EDC6103Data-Based Strat for Decision-Making3.0
EDC6104Financial Management3.0
EDC6090Internship in Admin & Leadership I 13.0
EDC6091Internship in Admin & Leadership II 13.0
Total Credits36.0
Additional Requirement for School Administrator Certification Eligibility:
EDC6094School Chief Admin Internship III 13.0
1

Requires 150 clinical hours.

Praxis Test: Administrator candidates are required to pass the applicable Praxis II test prior to applying for certification.



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 New Jersey administrative certification as a school business administrator.

Program

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

Courses

Post-Master’s School Business Administrator Endorsement:

  • AC501 Survey of Accounting (3)
  • 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)
  • 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 master’s degree to get into this 12-credit program, which is available both on campus and fully online.

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)

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