Master's of Education (MED)

Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD)

Online 36 major credits * 1 - 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort program

1 - 2 years or less completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

What You Learn

The program is aligned with the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children and the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST) and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards. The 21-credit graduate program leads to eligibility for endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) in the level and for the subject(s) of the instructional certificate. An additional 15 credits are needed to qualify for a Master of Education degree, including the successful completion of an applied thesis . The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement Program was revised to meet current New Jersey Department of Education regulations and enhance the preparation of special educators in the area of Autism.

How You Learn

This is a cohort program. The entire program is laid out in advance. Students finish 1, 3-credit course every 7.5 weeks. Cohort courses run during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Online activities may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments, and group activities done electronically.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the first 21 credit-hours of the graduate program, students will be eligible for NJ endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Upon completion of the full program outlined below, students will have earned an M.Ed. and be eligible for NJ endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. 

Degree Requirements

Courses Required for TOSD Certification Only:

EDC5030Educating Students with Disabilities in their Least Restrictive Environment3
EDC5031Curriculum Planning, Accommodations, and Modifications for Students with Disabilities3
EDC5032Community Services for Students at Risk and with Exceptionalities3
EDC5034Understanding Learning Disabilities3
EDC5037Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDC5302Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities3
EDC5303Social Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
 Total Credit Hours Required for TOSD Certification Only:21

Courses Required to continue on for M.Ed.:

EDC5304Assessment and Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EDC5305Interventions and Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder3
EDC5014Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools3
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3
 Total Credit Hours Required for M.Ed.:36
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.