Department of Special Education and Counseling

Initial Dual Licensure Program for Elementary K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (initial 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-6 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-6, and students with special needs.

This program is typically two years in length.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Pamela Brillante
Entry Requirements

Please note that requirements for entry into William Paterson University teacher preparation programs are changed for those wishing to begin their studies after Fall 2014. In order for William Paterson University to consider you for admission to the program the following will be required:   

  • 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)
  • Final, cumulative GPA of 3.00 from undergraduate or graduate degree  
  • All candidates must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Test, or a score of 560 or higher in Reading and 540 or higher in Math on the SAT or 23 or higher on the ACT, or at least a 4 on the analytical writing sections and a combined score of 310 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Please note that the score of 1660 includes the writing section.  
  • Passing score on Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) Elementary Education Content Knowledge Examination (test code 5001 effective 9/1/14). 
  • Links to these tests can be found at:
  • Completion of *co-requisite Developmental Psychology (may be taken at undergraduate or graduate level)
  • An essay that describes the personal reasons for wanting to complete the program : Click to view writing prompt
  • Completed Application Form submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services plus two letters of recommendation from professional sources

Here are some helpful links regarding the Praxis Core.   (overview)

The website also has pages for each section.  They have free guides online which help one to know the content and format of each section:        (math)       (reading)      (writing)

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.