Endorsement Program for Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant Certification

Program Details

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


The nondegree endorsement program for Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant certification prepares teachers to serve as Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultants (LDT-Cs) in public school systems. The LDT-C works as an assessment specialist and a member of the public personnel services team. Applicants are required to have an earned master’s degree, a New Jersey standard instructional certificate, and three years of full-time classroom teaching experience.

The program includes instruction in the assessment of academic achievement of students referred for learning disabilities evaluation. Participants will also be prepared to interpret patterns found in testing, to devise informal measures to pinpoint cognitive difficulties, and to design interventions to help students compensate for academic and behavioral deficiencies.


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.

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 are required to have an earned Master’s degree, a New Jersey standard instructional certificate, and three years, full-time classroom teaching experience.

  • A photocopy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or its out-of-state equivalent.
  • Official academic transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies. Applicants must hold a master’s degree or higher degree equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university. 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, certifying the completion of three years of successful, full-time teaching under the appropriate certificate.

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 Dake Zhang.


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.