Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

The graduate education certification program for teacher of students with disabilities includes the 21 semester-hour credits required by the State of New Jersey for endorsement as a teacher of students with disabilities for someone who is already fully certified as a teacher. It is recommended that courses be taken in order according to the following sequence.

Course Requirements and Sequence

The graduate education certification program for Teacher of Students with Disabilities will require a minimum of 21 semester-hour credits required by the State of New Jersey for endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Candidates must possess New Jersey instructional certification (or certificate of eligibility) in elementary, secondary, or P-3.

Introductory Courses (6 semester hours)

SPED-512 Psychology of Exceptionality
SPED-514 Positive Behavior Support

Core Courses (12 semester hours)

SPED-523Inclusive Educational Practices (Pre-requisite: SPED-512, SPED-514)
SPED-525Transition to Adult Life (Pre-requisite: SPED-512, SPED-514)
SPED-531Assessment for Instruction in Special Education (Pre-requisite: SPED-512, SPED-514)
SPED-535Instructional Practices for Children with Severe Disabilities (Pre-requisite: SPED-531)

Capstone Course (3 semester hours)

SPED-539Instructional Practices for Children with Mild Disabilities (Pre-requisite: SPED-512, SPED-514, SPED-523, SPED-525, SPED-531 and SPED-535)

Additional Courses
The following supplemental courses are recommended for students who wish to expand their knowledge of students with special needs. These courses may be taken over and above the core program sequence:

EDPS 508Psychology of Cognitive Processes and Learning
CURR 531Curriculum Development and Design
CNPY 514Psychopathology
ECED 507Emergent Literacy P-3
ECED 522Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.