Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

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The graduate education certification online 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.

A Pathway to Three Professional Qualifications

Upon completion of the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification, teachers need only three additional courses to complete an M.A. in Special Education. Upon completion of the M.A, teachers need only three additional courses to complete the Reading Specialist Certification.

Students who already possess a certification in Teachers of Students with Disabilities, can waive up to nine credits in the core classes with the option to:

  • Earn Reading Specialist Certification
  • Earn Autism Spectrum Disorder Rider Certificate
  • Earn Life Coach Certification
  • Complete strands of courses in Teacher Leadership, Gifted Learners or Organizational Leadership.

The Master of Arts in Special Education

Teachers who complete the Master of Arts in Special Education Program will:

  • Identify IDEA classifications and evidence-based practice to support student needs
  • Evaluate and conduct research in current issues and practice in special education
  • Analyze and assess student needs and recommend appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies
  • Implement Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Support students with disabilities in transition to adult life
  • Learn best practices and materials for teaching students with disabilities.

The M.A. in Special Education also positions graduates to complete a Reading Specialist Certification.

Course Requirements

All courses are online. All courses are three credits. 

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

View Program Requirements and Courses

For more information, contact:

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Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102E

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