Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate

This certificate program is for teachers who possess either a: Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or Standard NJ teaching certificate in a grade level or content area in regular education.

Graduate students who intend to apply for admission and are interested taking classes, can take the three first classes on a non-matriculated basis if they have not already exhausted the 9 credit limit for non-matriculated graduate students.

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Advisor: Dr. Kelly McNeal

Entry Requirements beginning September 2018
In addition to the University's admission requirements:

  • A standard instructional license or CEAS in regular education
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75 on 4.00 scale
  • One letter of recommendation from an educator
  • Interview

    Required Coursework:

    Foundational Courses (Required Credits: 21)
    The following courses are required for certification:

    SPC 5010     Introduction to Special Education 3
    SPC 5710     Specially Designed Instruction 3
    SPC 5640     Managing Challenging Behaviors 3
    SPC 5830     Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology 3
    SPC 5730     Literacy: Advanced Instructional Content and Strategies 3
    SPC 5850     Co-Teaching and Collaboration 3
    SPC 6750     Assessment of Learning in Clinical Practice 3

Entry Requirements prior to September 2018

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Standard New Jersey Teaching Certificate OR New Jersey C.E.A.S. in general education
  • Completed Graduate Admissions Application Form
  • Letter of recommendation from an educator
Please allow 4-6 weeks for applications to be processed.

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Exit Requirements
  • Maintain 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Completion of program requirements.

Click here for the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification.

Information Regarding Field Experience/Demonstration Teaching Application
All placements are supervised, on site, by a William Paterson University Supervisor. If you are currently teaching AND have access to students who are classified, you may do SPC 6540 Demonstration Teaching in your own classroom. If you need a placement, the Office of Field Experience will provide one for you. 

In order to register for Demonstration Teaching (SPC 6540), you must submit the following paperwork:

  • Clinical Experience Application
  • Four copies of the Resume for Clinical Work
  • If you are doing Demonstration Teaching in your classroom, you must also hand in the District Permission Letter

All of the necessary paperwork can be found on the Office of Field Experience webpage.

Please keep the following dates in mind as you complete the paperwork:

Semester of Placement for SPC 6540
              Application Due        
Fall 2018 March 30, 2018
Spring 2019 September 15, 2018
Fall 2019 March 30, 2019
Spring 2020* September 15, 2019
*This is the last semester that SPC 6540 will be offered. 
Please contact the Graduate Director if you are unable to 
complete the TSD/TSDA program by Spring 2020 so 
alternative arrangements can be made.

Please turn all completed paperwork in to the Graduate Director by the above due dates and be sure that all paperwork is neat and complete, or it will not be accepted. Please be advised that late applications will not be accepted. Because of this, it is recommended that you submit the paperwork if you intend on taking the class and, should it be necessary, the paperwork can be withdrawn if needed.

Information about applying for your endorsement can be obtained from the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification