Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement

Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement

Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement

This program is designed for individuals who possess a standard instructional certificate, or possess or are eligible for CEAS and wish to obtain Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSWD) certification in New Jersey.

The purpose of the program is to provide advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological and sociological needs of children and youth with disabilities. Each course in the program builds on the earlier knowledge and skills gained in the candidates initial certification programs. The coursework and related field experiences are designed to foster an understanding of students with special learning needs, combined with pedagogical skills to accommodate these needs and provide appropriate curriculum modifications when necessary.

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 program requires the completion of 21 semester hours (s.h.). This program requires completion of an Action Research Project.


The following courses make up the Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement program.

Required Courses: 21 semester hours (s.h.)

Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
SELN 10581 Implementing Positive Behavior Strategies 3
SELN 10585 Educational Assessment In Special Education 3
SPED 08515 Curriculum, Instruction, And Transition In Special Education 3
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
SELN 10592 Clinical Seminar In Special Education 2
READ 30530 Teaching Reading To Exceptional Children 3
SPED 08520 Clinical Experiences In Special Education 4

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

    • 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)

  • 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)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement 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 September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1