Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Post-Baccalaureate

About the Program

In accordance with the current State regulations, endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities is only possible if the candidate already holds, or is eligible for, an initial instructional certification with a corresponding subject area major. The Special Education Services/Instruction Department offers two programs for the Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Teacher of Students with Disabilities. The first is a Post-Baccalaureate Program and the second is a Graduate Certification Program. Which is appropriate for you is dependent upon two main factors: (1) District Reimbursement Policies and Placement on the Salary Scale, and (2) Cost per Credit. With the exception of courses that meet the “or equivalent” criteria, no transfer credits will be accepted. We are also a State approved Alternative Route Program Provider.


Program Code: CRT-TCHSTDIS / Major Code: 9811

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 27)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (27 s.h.)
SPED 08130 Human Exceptionality 3
SPED 08307 Assessment of Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (ELNs) 3
SPED 08308 Assistive Technology and Transition Planning for Students with ELNs 3
READ 30351 Differentiated Literacy Instruction 2
SPED 08316 Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom 2
SPED 08360 Positive Behavioral Support Systems 3
SPED 08415 Specialized Instruction for ELNs 3
SPED 08445 Clinical Seminar in Special Education 2
SPED 08450 Clinical Seminar in Special Education 4
SPED TBD Practicum in Special Education I 1
SPED TBD Practicum in Special Education II 1

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A one-page essay detailing why do you want to teach children with special needs? Why is earning the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement important to you?
  • A copy of initial NJ Standard Instructional, Certificate of Eligbility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), or Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in Elementary Education or appropriate content area
  • A copy of second NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Optional Interview (If an interview is required, students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 12/01/2014
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 04/15/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 08/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$348 tuition + $151 in fees = $499 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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