Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study

The College of Graduate & Continuing Education offers the Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in partnership with the Rowan University College of Education. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Special Education is designed for general education teachers who wish to increase their knowledge of special education, as well as special education teachers who wish to pursue further coursework at the graduate level. The goal of this certificate is to provide teachers with an overview of the salient issues in special education, as well as opportunities to focus on the essential aspects of evidence-based practices. The six course sequence and corresponding field experiences are aligned with the professional standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children, as well as the New Jersey Department of Education; collectively they ensure program graduates acquire the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to best serve students with disabilities.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.



This program requires the completion of 15 graduate semester hours or 5 courses. The Special Education COGS is designed with coursework and field experiences to foster an understanding of students with special needs and provide the pedagogical skills to accommodate them. Classes are accelerated and offered in an online format in order to provide the fastest and most convenient route to your certificate completion. Courses completed as part of this program can be used to satisfy the Content Area requirement of the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.) program. The Special Education COGS does not lead to endorsement. Teachers who successfully complete the COGS coursework can opt to continue pursuit of the endorsement by either one of the following:

  • If they want to submit themselves to the state for the endorsement, they would speak with their Academic Advisor to obtain an Override Form in order to be registered for the following two additional courses/5 credits (SPED 08520 & SELN 10592).
  • If they want to have Rowan submit them to the state for the endorsement (which is recommended), they would submit to Rowan Global the Concurrent Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application Form in order to be considered for official admission and matriculation into the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Graduate Endorsement program. If approved, the student would then be manually registered for the two additional courses mentioned above.


The following courses make up the Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study program. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
READ 30530 Teaching Reading To Exceptional Children 3
SPED 08515 Curriculum, Instruction, And Transition In Special Education 3
SELN 10585 Educational Assessment In Special Education 3
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
SELN 10581 Implementing Positive Behavior Strategies 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 15

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee to schedule the interview. The interview may be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

  • Copy of NJ Teacher Certification (only CEAS or Standard are acceptable). If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit official scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.

  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1
Summer - Module 5 May 18 April 1