Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement Online

Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement Online

Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement Online

The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Graduate Endorsement program is offered in partnership with Rowan's CAEP accredited College of Education. It fosters an understanding of students with special needs and provides the pedagogical skills to accommodate them. This program is ideal for those who already possess NJ state standard teaching certification and wish to earn the Endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

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

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



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. Some courses require classroom field activities and special placements which will be arranged for by the College of Education Office of Field Experiences.


The following courses make up the Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement Online 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: 21 semester hours (s.h.)

Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
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 4
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar In Special Education 2

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

Total Program Semester Hours: 21

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

  • 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

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to 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.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement Online 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