Alternate Route Program Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate Program

Program Advisor:
Dr. Manina Urgolo Huckvale
Phone: 973-720-2680
Office: Valley Road, Room 3002
Email: urgolohuckvalem@wpunj.edu 

Program Description:

The Alternate Route Program is for candidates who have a position as a special education teacher while simultaneously pursuing certificate as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities.The 22 credit program includes coursework in principles and practices of special education (beginning in September 2018, the program will be 21 credits). This program prepares individuals to instruct students with diverse learning and social needs in a variety of special education programs. The goal of this program is to provide the State approved coursework leading to the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) certificate. 

Alternate Route candidates must possess a Standard NJ Teaching Certificate or a NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in regular education and must have a teaching position in a state-approved educational setting.

View Requirements and Course Descriptions: Teacher of Students with Disabilities - Alternate Route, CERT

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Entry requirements, in addition to the University's admission requirements, beginning September 2018:

  • 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
  • Interview

Entry requirements prior to September 2018:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Standard NJ Teaching Certificate or NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in regular education
  • NJ Certificate of Eligibility in TSD
  • Employment contract or letter of promise of employment
  • Application form plus one letter of recommendation from an educator

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

Exit Requirements:

  • All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. Courses in which candidates earned a grade lower than C minus cannot be counted towards certification.
  • Completion of program requirements.

View Requirements and Course Descriptions: Teacher of Students with Disabilities - Alternate Route, CERT

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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, you must submit the following paperwork:

  • Clinical Experience Application
  • Four copies of the Resume for Clinical Work

AND

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

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 Regarding Steps Toward Licensure:

Candidates who hold a CEAS or Standard in an initial teaching area who are NOT working as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities complete this application.

Candidates who hold a CEAS or Standard in an initial teaching area who ARE working as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities complete the form found here.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification.