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What You Learn

  • Study the science behind learning theory and applied behavior analysis (ABA)
  • Develop an evidence-based approach to teaching students with disabilities through the use of empirically validated principles
  • Design, implement and evaluate individualized teaching procedures
  • Model and implement approaches both in the university and school settings
  • Examine ethical considerations for students
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and critical skills in the application of intervention strategies
  • Engage in a systemic approach to improve the quality of life of your students

Kean's multidisciplinary special education programs rely on the latest research and best practices to provide you with the tools needed for success in the classroom, both yours and your students.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

For more information, please call (908) 737-3850.

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.


Mishka Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Eman Arafa, Lecturer
Linda Attanasio, Lecturer
Jea Lizz Basubas, Lecturer
Joseph Hogan, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Barbara Lee, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Megan Mahoney, Lecturer
Susan Polirstok, Ed.D., Professor
Daphna El Roy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Special Education - Autism and Developmental Disabilities (M.A.)

Special Education - Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (M.A.)

Certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (two tracks)

Post-Master’s Certification - Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Post-Master's Certification - Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and job growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities available to you, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career or set the stage for another advanced degree.

Council for Exceptional Children

Receive current and pertinent information from the field and enhance your knowledge and involvement with students with disabilities.

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Council for Exceptional Children

One of 50 Largest Producers of Teachers in the Nation

As one of the 50 largest producers of teachers in the nation, we have shown that our teachers succeed. Shown here, Tori-Ann Palmisano '13 was one of 44 deserving teachers around the U.S. given the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2018.

Toni-Ann Palmisano M.A. '13 - Secaucus Middle School math teacher - Milken Educator Award
One of 50 Largest Producers of Teachers in the Nation

Accessibility Services

Kean University has a strong commitment to full inclusion and equal opportunity for all persons with disabilities.

Disability Services
Accessibility Services

The growing prevalence of autism

The latest study released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder has risen to 1 in 59 children nationally and 1 in 34 children in New Jersey. The state prevalence rate is up 19 percent.

"An urgent public health concern," according to the CDC, the ASD rate has tripled since 2000. New Jersey's numbers continue to exceed and outpace other states, likely due to better awareness and diagnosis, as well as the elimination of racial disparities in evaluations still present elsewhere, and more girls being identified.

The Surgeon General released a report confirming that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of a few scientifically valid treatments for autism. “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior,” said U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, Ph.D.

"Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General"  is available at :

Autism NJ 

1 in 34

Rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder in New Jersey


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most special education teachers work in public schools, teaching students from preschool to high school. Others work in private schools, child care services and other institutions. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work year-round.

What can you do with this degree? says there are many career options with an M.A. in special education

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Verified Course Sequence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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