College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
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 Education and Human Services 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 Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.

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Diana Minakakis
Director of Graduate Admissions, College of Education and Human Services
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(973) 275-2824