Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate

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Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate





Next Classes Start

August 27, 2024

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Program at a Glance

This 24-credit certificate is designed to equip working teachers with the highly effective instructional skills, strategies, and interpersonal knowledge to teach students with diverse learning needs. The program emphasizes differentiated instruction, curriculum modifications, positive behavioral supports, collaboration, assistive technology, and literacy instruction. Most courses are taught face to face in the late afternoon; some hybrid opportunities are available.

Department Co-Chair : David Bwire, bwired@tcnj.edu

Department Co-Chair : Helene Anthony, anthonyh@tcnj.edu


  • full time: 18 months
  • part time: 2–3 years


  • Hybrid


  • teacher of students with disabilities endorsement


  • courses


  • credits


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

If you already hold a standard teaching certificate in an area other than special education and would like to pursue your New Jersey certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, this fully accredited program is for you.


There is a high demand for skilled teachers of students with disabilities, and our graduates are employed locally, nationally, and globally. Those who don’t continue to teach have often pursued careers in educational research and/or curriculum development or have gone on to doctoral programs.

Extensive Network

Study alongside peers with solid education experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in their field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.

For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the online application as well as all supplemental documents.

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We consider applications on a space-available basis. You can apply up to and including the first day of the semester.

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The Department of Special Education provides program details including a typical course sequence.

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We offer the same tuition rates no matter where you live. And there are a range of financial aid and assistantship options for TCNJ graduate students.

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The College of New Jersey School of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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