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)

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