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Teacher of Students w/Disabilities: Graduate Endors. Online

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Our Graduate Endorsement (GE) in Teacher of Students with Disabilities appeals to busy teaching professionals who hold a standard instructional certificate or CEAS and are pursuing the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement in New Jersey. Our part-time, online program provides advanced studies that focus on the educational, psychological and sociological needs of children and youth with disabilities.

This program consists of the first 21 credits of the M.A. in Special Education, and is ideal if you require the certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities and may be interested in completing their Master’s degree at a later date.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Graduate Endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities Online program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information about NJTOP, click here.

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The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Graduate Endorsement is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. This endorsement requires the completion of 21 graduate semester hours (7 courses) in 3.5 to 4 consecutive semesters. Students in our Graduate Endorsement program must be affiliated with a school district (as a full-time substitute teacher, aide, para, lead teacher, or collaborative teacher) with direct access to a p-12 classroom to complete extensive field-based assignments for several required courses. Only for the Clinical Experiences in Special Education course, the College of Education Office of Clinical Experiences can arrange a special placement if the student does not meet the criteria to complete this in his/her own classroom.

  • 7 Courses / 21 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 21 S.H.
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
READ 30530 Teaching Reading To Exceptional Children 3
SPED 08520 Clinical Experiences In Special Education 2
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar In Special Education 1
SPED 08540 Technology for Students with Disabilities 3

SPED 08520 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Please explain why you want to teach children with special needs and why is earning the TOSD Endorsement important to you.
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the Recommendation Form is required, a letter from the recommender is preferred. Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators (supervisor, principal, or superintendent) and/or former professors who can provide information which attests to the applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A copy of initial NJ teaching certificate (Standard or CEAS only) in Elementary Education or appropriate content area. If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.
  • Interview may be required with Faculty Admissions Committee (If an interview is required, students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
  • On-site writing sample (conducted during interview)
  • 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.
Teachers of Students with Disabilities

Career Outlook

As the need for specailized teaching grows, so does the market. Students with disabilities deserve great care and understanding in education. Our program prepares you for this field, as well as for completing your M.A, through hands-on learning, resource knowledge and skill-building.


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