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Teaching Certification

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  • The Department of Special Education offers two certification programs:

     


    Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement Eligibility
    21 credit Non-Degree Program
     

    Admissions Requirements: 

    • The Endorsement Eligibility Sequence for TOSD is for students already certified with a CEAS or Standard certificate in an NJDOE instructional area of general education.
    • Acceptance to the Endorsement Eligibility Program for Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) is required on or before 12 credits have been completed and is contingent on application through Graduate Admissions.
    • Access to a Windows or Macintosh computer; access to the Internet using a recent version of a web browser and a minimal degree of computer literacy.
    • All other admission requirements as cited in the Graduate Catalog.

    Completion Requirements:

    • Successful completion of the 21-credit endorsement eligibility program for TOSD (or the 33-credit Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Degree program) along with other requirements listed below provides eligibility to apply for the NJDOE endorsement for TOSD through the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships in P 203A (ctppcert@njcu.edu).
    • Candidates applying to add the TOSD endorsement to their existing NJDOE general education CEAS or Standard certification in an instructional area of general education must send a copy of their general education certification to the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships on application for the TOSD endorsement.
    • Successful completion of key assessments, course work and field work.

    Required Courses:

    (Courses should be taken in the order shown below.)

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    SPEC 605

    Intro to the Education & Psychology of Exceptional Children & Youth

    3

    SPEC 600

    Introduction to Learning Disabilities

    3

    SPEC 505

    Working with Families of Students w/ Disabilities

    3

    SPEC 508

    Helping Exceptional Children & Youth in the Regular Classroom

    3

    SPEC 640

    Behavior Disorders in Children

    3

    SPEC 669

    Developing Communication Skills in the Atypical Child

    3

    SPEC 675

    Corrective Techniques for Teaching the Exceptional Child

    3

     

    Total Credits 

    21 

    *View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.


      

    Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) Endorsement Eligibility
    24 credit Non-Degree Program 
     

    This 24-credit LDTC non-degree endorsement eligibility program is for teachers who are already certified to teach Special Education or an allied field in New Jersey and have had at least two years of successful teaching experience under a Standard Certificate. A copy of the Standard certificate must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies when applying for the LDTC endorsement. A Master’s Degree in Special Education or an allied field from an accredited university is required.  

    Entry to the Program is competitive. Completion of this non-degree program requires field experiences, two 50-hour practicums, and satisfactory completion of key assessments. Click here to download complete admission requirements and a program application. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, Hepburn Hall, Room 206 no later than March 1st of each year.

    For information about the program, please contact the Special Education Department. For additional information about the application process, contact Graduate Admissions at (201) 200-3409.

    Once accepted into the LDTC program, all courses in Clusters II and III must be taken at New Jersey City University. Cluster III courses may be taken only after completion of Cluster II.


    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Cluster II: LDTC Core Requirements (12 credits) 

    SPEC 670

    Remediation of Basic Skills

    3

    SPEC 672

    Physiological and Psychological Learning Factors in the Education of Children with Disabilities

    3

    SPEC 702

    Cognition, Motivation, and Instructional Practice

    3

    SPEC 697

    Diagnosis of Children with Disabilities

    3

    Cluster III: Clinical Core Requirements (12 credits) 

    SPEC 673

    Functioning on the Child Study Team

    3

    SPEC 674

    Interpersonal and Consultation Techniques in Special Education

    3

    SPEC 698

    Practicum in Individual Appraisal and Remediation of Exceptional Children I

    3

    SPEC 699

    Practicum in Individual Appraisal and Remediation of Exceptional Children II

    3

    Total Credits 

    24 

    *View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.