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

Capstone Course (3 semester hours)

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

In addition to coursework, this program requires successful completion of a required sequence of field experiences.