Bachelor of Arts in Education and Special Education

Application Deadline

August 1st, 2021

Program Description

The St. Peter’s University 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Education is an exciting option for anyone seeking to enter the field of education and special education. This degree leads to NJ Teacher Certification in Education and Special Education, grades K-6.

Graduates can work as educators and special educators in public, private, and charter schools. They are also qualified to work in social service agencies, childcare centers and agencies that deal with special needs students who have autism or are emotionally and physically handicapped.

The State of New Jersey grants full licensure to students who earn this degree. A master’s degree is not required.

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FAQ

The St. Peter’s University 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Education is an exciting option for anyone seeking to enter the field of education and special education. This degree leads to NJ Teacher Certification in Education and Special Education, grades K-6.
Graduates can work as educators and special educators in public, private, and charter schools. They are also qualified to work in social service agencies, childcare centers and agencies that deal with special needs students who have autism or are emotionally and physically handicapped.

We are proud to have partnered with St. Peter’s University, a highly ranked university featuring an outstanding School of Education under the leadership of Dr. Joseph Doria Ed.D.
Founded in 1872, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. US News and World Report ranked St. Peter’s among the Top 100 “Best Regional Universities in the North,” and Money Magazine ranked St. Peter’s and the “Most Transformative School” in the state of New Jersey.

St. Peter’s University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). For additional information about their accreditation, please see here.
Undergraduate degrees earned at SPU are accepted by graduate programs nationwide.

This degree can be completed in five semesters (18 months). Please see below for course listings and semester schedules.

Yes. Up to 36 seminary credits may be accepted toward the degree program.

The State of New Jersey grants full licensure to students who earn this degree. A master’s degree is not required.

One of the exciting benefits of this program is that if you do wish to pursue a master’s degree, you will only need to take four graduate level courses to earn your Master of Arts in Education: Special Education, Literacy.
These four courses require only one additional semester to complete, and you will graduate with a BA in Education and Special Education, and a Master of Arts in Education: Special Education, Literacy in just two years.

Absolutely. By earning certification at the undergraduate level, even if you wish to earn a master’s degree as well, you’ll be in a unique position to earn a master’s degree in a specialty area of Education and Special Education and expand your career possibilities and marketability. Some specialty areas in the field of education and special education that students may wish to pursue at the master’s level are: Literacy, Reading, Bi-Lingual, TESOL, ABA, Educational Leadership, Pre-K-3rd Grade, School Counseling etc.
Students also have the option to expand into other fields which will complement their skills as an educator, such as Social Work, ABA, Psychology, School Psychology, Mental Health Therapist, MBA, and much more.

Although this degree can lead to entry into many fields, it is not the most ideal choice for an individual interested in a career other than education and special education. Students interested in other fields, would be better served by taking the BA in Psychology offered through Sara Schenirer in partnership with the St. Peter’s University. Information on that program is available through our website.

Great question. Please see the fieldwork explanation at the end of this FAQ sheet.

St. Peter’s University prides itself on offering superior education along with outstanding student support in a culturally sensitive environment. They are very understanding of the unique requirements and religious sensitivities of the students recruited by Sara Schenirer and have worked diligently to accommodate our requests to ensure an environment suitable for Bais Yaakov graduates.

For students and parents alike, the world of college and degrees can be confusing, costly, and difficult to navigate. We pride ourselves on the high-quality educational partners we feature, all of whom offer an accredited degree, uncompromised environment, and first-rate faculty. Most of all, we provide exceptional warmth and support to every single SPU student at Sara Schenirer. We work diligently to offer personal guidance to each student and help ensure their success and timely graduation.

• High school transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
• Passing score on the Introduction to Psychology CLEP/Coopersmith Exam or equivalent. Coopersmith Review materials and exams are available through Sara Schenirer by emailing testing@sarasch.com.

The Office of the Registrar at St. Peter’s University grants transfer credits to students who have completed courses at accredited institutions and have provided their official transcripts for evaluation. The Office of the Registrar evaluates and accepts only credits that are applicable to the student’s program of study and reflect a final grade of ‘C’ or above. Accepted credits are applied to the student’s record, reflected on their academic planner, but not calculated into their St. Peter’s University GPA. The transfer credit planner will also be shared with the student’s advisor to assist with schedule creation and developing a graduation plan.
Examples of credits which can be transferred include Coopersmith, TAL, AP, Dual-Credit, Freshman Center, etc.

Classes are offered in Lakewood, NJ, on Sunday, and live-online one or two weeknights each week.
This degree is not currently available entirely online.

Through our degree-granting partners, we offer:
• A highly affordable degree program
• In-class learning with an online component
• Highly personalized student mentoring
• Generous transfer credit program
• Student-friendly Bais Yaakov environment
• Exemplary education with outstanding instructors

In an effort to make this degree program as affordable and accessible as possible, St. Peter’s University has agreed to substantially reduce the cost for students who register through Sara Schenirer.
Depending on how many credits a student takes, the cost will vary. Please note that for students who are fully or partially eligible for financial aid, the entire cost of the college courses may be covered by financial aid. Students who are not eligible for financial aid, will be eligible for significant scholarships which will substantially reduce the course of the degree.
Additionally, payment plans are available each semester.
Our advisors will be glad to explain the cost structure to you so you can see for yourself how truly affordable this degree program is for you.

In most cases, students can continue their education through our online program. Courses that include student teaching will need to be coordinated on an individual basis. Additionally, since SPU is an accredited college, credits can be transferred to colleges and universities worldwide, enabling students to complete their degrees elsewhere should they choose. Relocating to Eretz Yisroel requires separate arrangements which will need to be coordinated on an individual basis.

To apply, you must complete an application which is available only on our website.
When completing the application, you will also be requested to supply:
• Unofficial High School Transcript
• Personal Statement (minimum 300 words – typed)
• One Letter of Recommendation (This need not be a teacher or employer)
• Personal Photograph
Even if you do not have these available at the time of application, we recommend submitting your application immediately and submitting the requested documents as they become available.
Once your application is submitted with all the required documents, an interview will be scheduled to continue the admissions process.
Please note: In order to join the program, you must have taken and passed the following course no later than one week prior to the start of the semester: Introduction to Psychology
For students who require this course, we can provide study materials and exams which can be taken at our location, or at testing centers in your location. To request the study materials, please email testing@sarasch.com and we will email you the study material and exam instructions.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to email information@sarasch.com, and as always, we will be happy to assist you further.

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Course Listing

ED-160

Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society

ED-170

Child and Adolescent Psychology – Online

E-614/301 (GE-614)

Overview of Educational Disabilities and Foundations for Specialized Instruction

EE-202

Elementary Curriculum

CM-104

English Composition

CM-115

English Composition II

ED-490

 Clinical Experience I (50 hours – possibly some seminary)

EP-490

Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood
and Elementary Settings (only for P3)

EE-206

Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

EE-204

Using Technology in the Elementary Language Arts Classroom

MA-304

Statistics, Probability & Discrete Math for Middle School

ED-491

Clinical Experience II (75 hrs.)

EP-491

Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings

GE-617

Assisting Students with Special Needs in the
General Education Classroom

ED-301

Assessment

ED-493

Practicum in Reading

EE-212

Teaching Math in the Elementary School

GE-618

Assessment Techniques for Students with Disabilities

ED-492

Clinical Experience II (75 hrs.)

GE-574

Diagnosis of Children with Reading Problems

GE-652

 Curriculum Development for Students with Disabilities

EE-214

Teaching Science in the Elementary School Using Technology

EE-495

Student Teaching: Elementary

GE-653

Assistive Technology – Uses and Applications

GE-654

Strategies for Home, School and Community Relationships

GE-616

Effective Classroom Management and Behavior Intervention

3,330

NJ average annual openings for elementary level teachers*

$40,000 - 75,000

NJ Certified Teachers Salary Range*

2%

Job Growth in Teaching Jobs in NJ through 2026*

Eligible students can receive financial aid for the full portion of the degree taken through SPU. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at https://www.fafsa.ed.gov. St. Peter’s FAFSA school code is 002638. Students should write “Title IV Code 002638 Saint Peter’s University, 2641 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ” in the appropriate section of the FAFSA. Be sure to complete the correct year’s application.
The NJ TAG application will be generated automatically through your FAFSA

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