K-12 Subject Certification W/ Teacher of Students with Disabilities TSD

This is a dual licensure program for undergraduate students seeking to teach regular and special education students in a specific subject area.  The program meets the requirements for teacher licenses outlined in N.J.A.C.6A:9 and is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Majors approved for the K-12/TSD subject area program are:  English, math, history geography, political science, and any lab science.  K-12/TSD students wishing to graduate in 8 semesters must take more than 15 credits per semester prior to clinical practice and/or take summer courses. 

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Peter Griswold
Phone:  973-720-3761

Semester I (3 credits) has a 20 hour observation requirement
SPC 2550 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Prerequisites:PSY 1100, PSY 2100 & ANTH 2020, and BIO 1140 Applied Anatomy and Physiology OR BIO 1200 Human Biology – earning at least a C

Semester II (9 credits)

SPC 3130 Adaptive and Assistive Technologies (3)
CISE 2950 Educational Psychology & Classroom Management (3)
CIRL 3350 Literacy, Technology & Instruction (3) has a 20 hour tutoring requirement.

Semester III (10 credits) Practicum - courses must be taken as a package
SPC 3520 School-based Assessment for Diverse Learners (3)
SPC 3530 Instructional Management in Diverse & Inclusive Settings (3)
SPC 3540 Behavior Management in Diverse Educational Settings (3)
SPC 3550 Practicum (Clinical Experience) (Special Education - 1 day per week) (1) 

Semester IV (11 credits) Practicum - courses must be taken as a package
CISE 3250 Teaching as Learning (2)
CISE 3350 Working Within Schools: Schools as Institutions & Communities (2)
CISE 3520 Practicum Internship (Clinical Experience)(subject area - 2 days per week) (2)
SPC 4560 Lifespan Transitions:  Home, School & Community (2) 

Plus ONE of the following courses based on subject field major: (3)
CISE 4110 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies  (3)                  
CISE 4120 Methods of Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts    (3) 
CISE 4130 Methods of Teaching Secondary Math    (3)
CISE 4140 Methods of Teaching Secondary Creative Arts, K-12 (3)
CISE 4170 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science  (3)
CISE 4190 Methods of Teaching a Second Language (3)      

Semester IV (12 credits) (except Music & PE) - May take one additional course

EDUC 4190 Student Teaching Internship/Seminar (Clinical Practice) (5 days/week in a school) (10)
CISE 4500 Reckoning with the Past & Preparing for a Future in Education (2)

You submit passing Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II)  in your content area by August 1 for Fall or January 1 for Spring.  Clinical Practice for K-12/TSD consists of 8 weeks in a regular classroom setting with a subject area teacher and 8 weeks in a special education or inclusive setting with a special education teacher. 


  • Students must have an appropriate academic major as indicated by the state.
  • Enroll in or successfully pass ANTH 2020
  • Requirements to begin the Professional Sequence of Coursework in the Education major is available on the Office of Education Enrollment and Certificaiton webpage
  • Qualifying score on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills assessment  (5751) SATs, or ACTs 
    (please refer to the Praxis Core webpage for more information and deadlines)
  • Complete PSY 1100 successfully.
  • Complete PSY 2100 successfully.
  • Students must take either BIO 1200 Human Biology or BIO 1140 Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Obtain a NJ Substitute Teaching License, after 60 credits.
  • Official passing scores for the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) must be received by Agusut 1 for Fall or January 1 for Spring Clinical Practice (EDUC 4190.
  • Maintain a 3.0 over all cumulative GPA. 
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA in their education major in to remain in education coursework
  • Clinical Practice consists of eight weeks in a regular classroom setting with a cooperating subject teacher and 8 weeks in a special education or inclusive setting with a cooperating special education teacher
  • Field experience applications for SPC 3550, CISE 3520, and EDUC 4190 are due one year in advance: each fall (October 15) for placement the next fall, and each spring (March 15) for placement the next spring.
  • Instructions and applications are available for download from the Office of Field Experience's webpage.  Completed applications and all supporting documents are turned in to the secretary of the Department.
  • Students may take one additional course during Clinical Practice.
  • Students wishing to graduate in eight semesters will need to take more than 15 credits per semester prior to Clinical Practice and/or take summer courses.
  • Music, and Physical Education are not approved majors for this program.