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Teacher Education Programs

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.

Program

  • M.A.T. Degree (46 credits)

Courses

  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5999 Field Experience in Special Education (1)
  • ECE5201 Instructional Design & Technology Integration in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE5202 Instruction in English Language Arts & Literacy I in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5203 Numeracy in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5204 Instruction in Literacy II & Social Studies in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5205 Science & Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5206 Educational Assessment (3)
  • EDC5402 Accommodations, Modifications & Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5403 Evidence-Based Practices for Instructing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • ECE6212 Collaborative Planning with Family, School & Community Partners for Early Childhood & Special Educators (3)
  • ECE6302 Early Childhood Clinical Practice (9)
  • ECE6303 Reflective Practice in Early Childhood & Special Education (3)

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.

Program

  • M.A.T. Degree (46 credits)

Courses

  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5115 Instructional Design & Technology Integration in Inclusive Elementary Education (3)
  • EDC5206 Educational Assessment (3)
  • EDC5207 Numeracy in Inclusive Elementary & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5208 Science & Technology in the Inclusive Elementary & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5210 Instruction in English Language Arts & Literacy I in Inclusive Elementary & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5211 Instruction in Literacy II & Social Studies in Inclusive Elementary & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5402 Accommodations, Modifications & Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5403 Evidence-Based Practices for Instructing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • EDC5999 Field Experience in Special Education (1)
  • EDC6214 Collaborative Planning with Family, School & Community Partners for Elementary & Special Educators (3)
  • EDC6404 Elementary Education Clinical Practice (9)
  • EDC6405 Reflective Practice in Elementary Education & Special Education (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.

Program

  • M.A.T. Degree (43 credits)

Courses

  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5120 Instructional Design & Technology Integration in Inclusive Secondary Education (3)
  • EDC5206 Educational Assessment (3)
  • EDC5215 Instruction in Literacy in Inclusive Secondary & Special Education (3)
  • Choose one option based on primary major:
    • EDC5231 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Language Arts (3) and EDC5330 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Language Arts (3)
    • EDC5232 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Science (3) and EDC5331 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Science (3)
    • EDC5233 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in World Language (3) and EDC5332 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in World Language (3)
    • EDC5234 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Math (3) and EDC5333 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Math Education (3)
    • EDC5236 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Art (3) and EDC5335 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Art (3)
    • EDC5237 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Business Education (3) and EDC5336 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Business Education (3)
    • EDC5238 Secondary Subject Instruction in Inclusive & Special Education in Social Studies (3) and EDC5334 Instructional Technology in Inclusive & Special Education in Social Studies (3)
  • EDC5402 Accommodations, Modifications & Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5403 Evidence-Based Practices for Instructing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • EDC5999 Field Experience in Special Education (1)
  • EDC6215 Collaborative Planning with Family, School & Community Partners for Secondary & Special Educators (3)
  • EDC6406 Secondary Education Clinical Practice (9)
  • EDC6407 Reflective Practice in Secondary & Special Education (3)

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

Program

  • M.A.T. Degree (46 credits)

Courses

  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDC5022 Theory, Practice & Methods of Teaching ESL/English Through the Content Areas (3)
  • EDC5026 Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
  • EDC5027 Developing Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learner (3)
  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Inclusive & Special Education (3)
  • EDC5113 Instructional Design & Technology Integration for English Language Learners (3)
  • EDC5206 Educational Assessment (3)
  • EDC5402 Accommodations, Modifications & Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5403 Evidence-Based Practices for Instructing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • EDC5999 Field Experience in Special Education (1)
  • EDC6210 Collaborative Planning with Family, School & Community Partners for ESL & Special Educators (3)
  • EDC6299 ESL Clinical Practice (9)
  • EDC6300 Reflective Practice in ESL & Special Education (3)

Off-Campus Cohort Education Programs

7.5-Week Courses • Discounted Tuition

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

22% Tuition Discount – Save $567 per course

  • Financial aid and “pay-as-you-go” plans are available
  • 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
  • Ranked by Washington Monthly as a “Best Bang for the Buck” College in 2017

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 10 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.

Programs

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

Courses
GCU Certificate:

  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders (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.Ed. 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)

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.

Programs

  • Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3 Endorsement (24 credits)
  • M.Ed. Degree (additional 9 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • ECE5101 Growth, Development & Learning in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE5102 Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment (3)
  • ECE5105 Family, Community & the Young Child (3)
  • ECE5202 Instruction in English Language Arts & Literacy I in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5203 Numeracy in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5204 Instruction in Literacy II & Social Studies in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5205 Science & Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood & Special Education (3)
  • ECE5300 Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)

M.Ed. Degree:

  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

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.

Programs

  • English as a Second Language Endorsement (15 credits)
  • M.Ed. Degree (additional 15 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDC5022 Theory, Practice & Methods of Teaching ESL/English through the Content Areas (3)
  • EDC5023 Historical & Cultural Backgrounds of English Language Learners (3)
  • EDC5026 Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
  • EDC5027 Developing Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learner (3)

M.Ed. Degree:

  • EDC5002 Diversity in Inclusive Education (3)
  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5024 Second Language Education Curriculum (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (3)

Candidates in the Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (M.A.I.T.) and GCU Certificate in Instructional Technology programs are trained to create powerful digital learning materials using cutting-edge technologies such as websites, apps, videos, podcasts, social media networks, simulations, and games. The courses cover theoretical and practical approaches, including foundations of instructional design, learning theory, and design for learning. The capstone project gives candidates the opportunity to prepare a well-developed design proposal and project, which allow them to demonstrate their fluency with elements of an instructional design analysis as well as specific technologies.

Programs

  • Georgian Court University Certificate (15 credits)
  • Additional courses required for Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (15 additional credits)

Courses
GCU Certificate:

  • 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.I.T. Degree:

  • EDC5601 Cognitive Science & Instructional Technology (3)
  • EDC5602 Video Games & Play in Learning (3)
  • EDC5701 Learning Science & Instructional Technology (3)
  • EDC5702 Designing Games & Simulations (3)
  • EDC6001 Instructional Technology Capstone (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.Ed. degree. If you have completed two years of full-time teaching, you will earn certification as a reading specialist.

Program

  • M.Ed. Degree (33 credits)

Courses
M.Ed. Degree:

  • 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 & Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)
  • EDC6202 Research-Based Techniques for the Correction of Reading Problems (3)
  • EDC6084 Reading Practicum (3)

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.

Program

  • M.Ed. Degree (48 credits)

Courses
M.Ed. 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 (6-9 credits)

Courses
Endorsement:

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

*Applicants who completed the GCU M.Ed. in School Counseling may use EDC5010 to fulfill the curriculum development requirement.

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.

Programs

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

Courses
Endorsement:

  • EDC5030 Educating Students with Disabilities in Their Least Restrictive Environment (3)
  • EDC5031 Curriculum Planning, Accommodations & Modifications for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5032 Community Services for Students at Risk & with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDC5034 Understanding Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5037 Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities(3)
  • EDC5302 Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5303 Social Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

M.Ed. Degree:

  • EDC5014 Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools (3)
  • EDC5304 Assessment & Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDC5305 Interventions & Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  • EDC6095 Project Applied Thesis I (3)
  • EDC6099 Project Applied Thesis II (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. This program is available both on campus and in a fully online format.

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 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)