Endorsement Program for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification | Graduate School of Education

Endorsement Program for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Special Education
Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
  • Online
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development


This endorsement program allows a student who already holds New Jersey teacher certification to take coursework that leads to New Jersey Department of Education certification as a teacher of students with disabilities within an elementary or secondary school setting. The program is not aligned to any specific degree program, does not lead to a degree of any kind, and is completed exclusively online. The online and off-campus course schedule is available to view online.


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online or obtained from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 56 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (848-932-7711).

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted. Applications are due two weeks before the beginning of the next semester. Students are admitted throughout the year for this non-degree program.

Program Requirements

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A photocopy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
  • Official academic transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies. Applicants are not usually admitted with a GPA of less than 2.75 in their most recent degree.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current or previous school principal or supervisor, on school district letterhead.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Angela M. O'Donnell.


Additional Requirements for New Jersey Certification

New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22 requires that educators entering the work force in the 2012 school year and beyond must have completed through their pre-service preparation (e.g., courses, practicum) a program on harassment, intimation and bullying (HIB) prevention. The HIB prevention requirements apply to the following programs: (a) teachers and education services personnel certifications; and (b) administrative certifications, including chief school administrators, principals, and supervisors. Details on the required training can be found here.


If you have general questions about this program or need any assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by email, by phone at 848-932-3232, or simply drop by our office for assistance.