The Alternate Route Program is for candidates who have a position as a special education teacher while simultaneously pursuing the endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. The 21 credit program includes coursework in principles and practices of special education. This program prepares individuals to instruct students with diverse learning and social needs in a variety of special education settings. The goal of this program is to provide the State-approved coursework leading to the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement.
Alternate Route candidates must possess a Standard NJ Teaching Certificate or a NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in regular education and must have a teaching position in a state-approved educational setting.
August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring semesterMay 1st: Summer semester*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis*International students are advised to apply by:April 1st: Fall (September intake)November 1st: Spring (January intake)December 1st: Summer (May intake)
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
Dr. Elizabeth HarkinsProgram Director, Department of Special Education and Counseling Office: Valley Road, room 3110-Aharkinse@wpunj.edu973-720-3576
Please allow 4-6 weeks for applications to be processed.
All placements are supervised, on site, by a William Paterson University Supervisor. If you are currently teaching AND have access to students who are classified, you may do SPC 6750 Assessment of Learning in Clinical Practice in your own classroom. If you need a placement, the Office of Field Experience will provide one for you.
In order to register for Assessment of Learning in Clinical Practice, you must submit the following paperwork:
All of the necessary paperwork can be found on the Office of Field Experience webpage.
Please keep the following dates in mind as you complete the paperwork:
Please turn all completed paperwork in to the Graduate Director by the above due dates and be sure that all paperwork is neat and complete, or it will not be accepted. Please be advised that late applications will not be accepted. Because of this, it is recommended that you submit the paperwork if you intend on taking the class and, should it be necessary, the paperwork can be withdrawn if needed.
Information Regarding Steps Toward Licensure:
Candidates who hold a CEAS or Standard in an initial teaching area who are NOT working as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities complete this application.
Candidates who hold a CEAS or Standard in an initial teaching area who ARE working as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities complete the form found here.
For additional information, please visit the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470