Endorsement – Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Alternate Route)

Endorsement – Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Alternate Route)

Degree Offered: Endorsement

Concentration: Teacher of Students with Disabilities


Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)
December 1st: Summer (May intake)


Program Description:

This alternate route program is for individuals who have earned a standard teaching certificate or certificate of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS) and a New Jersey certificate of eligibility (CE) as TSD. Once in possession of a letter of employment, teacher candidates may teach in special education settings while simultaneously pursuing endorsement as a teacher of students with disabilities.  The 22-credit program includes coursework in principles and practices of special education and prepares individuals to instruct students with diverse learning and social needs in a variety of classroom settings and special education placements. Alternate route candidates must have a teaching position in a state-approved educational setting. 

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Possession of a standard instructional license or CEAS in regular education.
  • A certificate of eligibility (CE) in teacher of students with disabilities (TSD).
  • Verification or promise of full-time employment in a state-approved educational setting.
  • Letter of recommendation from an educator.

Program Requirements:

  • 22 credits of graduate study. 
Endorsement: Teacher of Students with Disabilities22 credits
Program Requirements
SPC 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
SPC 5600 Understanding School-based Assessment of Diverse Learners 3
SPC 5640 Managing Challenging Behaviors in Diverse Settings 3
SPC 5660 Assistive Technology in the Inclusive Classroom 3
SPC 5700 Language, Literacy, and Learning in a Diverse Society 3
SPC 5800 Collaboration with School, Home, and Community 3
SPC 5820 The University Designed Inclusive Classroom 3
SPC 6540 Demonstration Teaching for the Exceptional Learner 1