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.
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.
Courses Required for TOSD Certification Only:
|EDC5030||Educating Students with Disabilities in their Least Restrictive Environment||3|
|EDC5031||Curriculum Planning, Accommodations, and Modifications for Students with Disabilities||3|
|EDC5032||Community Services for Students at Risk and with Exceptionalities||3|
|EDC5034||Understanding Learning Disabilities||3|
|EDC5037||Psychological & Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities||3|
|EDC5302||Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities||3|
|EDC5303||Social Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for TOSD Certification Only:||21|
Courses Required to continue on for M.Ed.:
|EDC5304||Assessment and Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|EDC5305||Interventions and Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|EDC5014||Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools||3|
|EDC6095||Project Applied Thesis I||3|
|EDC6099||Project Applied Thesis II||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for M.Ed.:||36|
Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.