Special Education Sequence for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Special Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


The Ed.M. program in Special Education Sequence for Teacher of Students with Disabilities prepares teachers having a New Jersey standard instructional certificate or a Certificate of eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) to be a teacher of students with disabilities within an elementary or secondary school setting.

Through coursework and field experiences, students learn to address the instructional needs of students with mild and moderate disabilities. A 21-credit special education core is required of all students. This core develops competencies in the assessment and remediation of students with learning disabilities, collaborative teaching/consultation skills, and knowledge about New jersey special education law.

Students not interested in pursuing a master’s degree but interested in obtaining the Teaching Students with Disabilities endorsement should apply for admission into the 21-credit non-degree program. A student working on the non-degree program who later decides to be in the master’s degree program must seek admission to the degree program prior to completing 12 applicable credits.


Several other special education program options are also provided:


Applications can be completed online. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 for the fall term, October 15 for the spring term, and May 15 for the summer term.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

Program Requirements

The 36-credit program provides coursework in a core curriculum (21 credits); two special education electives (6 credits); educational statistics, measurement, and evaluation (6 credits); and a learning, cognition, and development elective (3 credits).

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 degree 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.