Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

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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

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Academic Background

  • Doctor of Education (Administration and Leadership), New York University
  • Advanced Certificate (Educational Supervision and Administration) Brooklyn College
  • Master of Science (Educational Psychology and Statistics/Special Education) Albany University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Albany University


  • Nasim Dil Service Award, Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division – National recognition for outstanding service 2010