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The graduate education certification program for teacher of students with disabilities includes the 21 credits required by the State of New Jersey for endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. This certification program is for candidates that possess a current New Jersey instructional elementary, secondary, or P-3 certification. Courses must be completed in order based on prerequisites. Completion of a sequence of field-based experiences is required.

Curriculum Overview

Courses include psychology of exceptionality, positive behavior support, inclusive educational practices, transition to adult life, assessment,  and instructional practices for children with disabilities.

The M.A. in Special Education program comprises a sequence of coursework that includes courses required for a New Jersey Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.  Candidates who are successful in the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification Program may apply their credits toward the M.A. in Special Education.

Endorsement/Certification Offered

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification


Michele Kamens
Professor and Director of Special Education Programs
Memorial Hall 102J

Academic Background

  • B. S. Rutgers College; Elementary and Special Education
  • M.Ed. Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Special Education
  • Ed. D. Temple University Graduate School of Education; Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education

Courses Taught at Rider

Dr. Kamens is the coordinator for Rider's special education programs. She teaches various courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in special education.