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Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement is designed for New Jersey teachers who currently hold an initial certification in another teaching specialty. Today's classrooms serve a broad range of learners and dual certification in general and special education provides the rich, research-based best practices needed to support all student learning.


The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement is 21 credits, seven courses, and addresses both state and national standards (Council for Exceptional Children) associated with special education preparation. Specifically, instructional strategies, classroom environment, and support for diverse learners such as students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Classes are offered on weekends to provide flexibility in scheduling for practicing teachers. Field experiences are connected to course content.

How to Apply

Students must already possess a Standard NJ Instructional Certificate in order to apply for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement.



The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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Lauren McFadden
Associate Professor of Elementary and Special Education
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.
Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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