SPED - Elem Ed K-5 w Disabilities Dual Certification

This initial dual licensure program is intended for college graduates who are not currently certified to teach in any area and who wish to earn certification in Elementary Education,
K-5 with an endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities. This 46-credit program includes 34 credits of coursework, two practicums and a 10-credit full-time semester of student teaching. Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates will possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach general education students K-5, and students with special needs.

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Effective Summer 2013 Dr. Manina Urgolo-Huckvale
  • urgolohuckvalem@wpunj.edu
  • ext. 2680
  • V3010
Entry Requirements
  • B.A. degree from an accredited college or university with an approved liberal arts or science academic major (see list provided by the Office of Certification)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of *Co-requisite Courses (may be taken at undergraduate or graduate level): Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology and Multicultural Course (see advisor for list of acceptable courses)
  • An essay that describes the personal reasons for wanting to complete the program : Click to view writing prompt
  • Passing score on Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Examination (test code 5031)
  • Completed Application Form submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services plus two letters of recommendation from professional sources

Please allow 4-6 weeks for applications to be processed.

Course Requirements: 46 Credits
Course Number and Title Credits
Core Course (Pre-requisite to specialization courses):  
SPC 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
Specialization Courses (in alphabetical order):  
CIEE 5120: Reading, Language Arts & Literature in Inclusive and Non-Inclusive Classrooms 3
SPC 5600 Understanding School-Based Assessment of Diverse Learners 3
SPC 5620 Standards-Based Instructional Management 3
SPC 5640 Managing Challenging Behaviors in Diverse Settings 3
SPC 5660 Assistive Tech in the Inclusion Classroom 3
SPC 5800 Collaboration with School, Home and Community 3
SPC 5820 The Universally Designed Inclusive Classroom 3
SPC 5700 Language, Literacy and Learning in a Diverse Society 3
CIEE 5130 Math Methods & Assessments (K-5) 2
CIEE 5140 Strategies for Teaching Global Social Studies 3
CIEE 5190 Science Methods & Assessments (K-5) 2
Field Experiences:  
CIEE 5170 Practicum / Seminar 1
SPC 5750 Practicum / Seminar 1
EDUC 5140 Post-Bac Teaching Internship/Seminar 10
Visit the Office of Field Experience (OFE) for information regarding field requirements.
*If pre-requisite courses were not completed as part of B.A. degree, then they must be taken before Teaching Internship.


Exit Requirements
  • Completion of program requirements
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA throughout program

Click here for the Office of Certification.