Special Education Sequence for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification and Gifted Education GSE Certificate

Program Details

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


The master’s degree program in special education and gifted education provides advanced graduate preparation for general education teachers seeking Teacher of Students with Disabilities licensure and the Rutgers Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education. This program prepares educators to meet the needs of exceptional students in educational settings.

NJDOE requires a standard Instructional Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in a subject area other than English as a Second Language to issue a TOSD certification. Therefore this program is only available to applicants who hold an instructional certificate other than ESL.

Course work addresses the instructional needs of students with mild and moderate disabilities and the academic and affective needs of gifted learners. The 36-credit program is composed of a special education core (21 credits) and a gifted education core (15 credits).

The special education 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.

The gifted education core develops competencies in the foundational knowledge and standards of the field, collaborative and responsive teaching, evidence-based instructional strategies, development of specialized curricula, and the design and improvement of programs and services for gifted learners.

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 at the website for the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. 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 special education core curriculum (21 credits) and a gifted education core curriculum (15 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.