Alternate Route Program Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate Program

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Program Description:

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.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 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)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Possession of a standard instructional license or CEAS in regular education.
  • A certificate of eligibility (CE) in teacher of students with disabilities (TSD).
  • Verification or promise of full-time employment in a state-approved educational setting. Record of Professional Experience (ROPE) form
  • College of Education DAP Group Interview
Contact Us

Dr. Manina Urgolo-Huckvale
Program Director, Department of Special Education and Counseling
Office: Valley Road
urgolohuckvalem@wpunj.edu
973-720-2680

Entry requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Standard NJ Teaching Certificate or NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in regular education
  • NJ Certificate of Eligibility in TSD
  • Employment contract or letter of promise of employment
  • Application form 

Please allow 4-6 weeks for applications to be processed.

Exit Requirements:

  • All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. Courses in which candidates earned a grade lower than C minus cannot be counted towards certification.
  • Completion of program requirements.

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:

  • Clinical Experience Application
  • Four copies of the Resume for Clinical Work

AND

  • If you are doing Assessment of Learning in Clinical Practice in your classroom, you must also submit the District Permission Letter.

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:

Semester of Placement for Clinical Practice Application Due
Fall 2019 March 30, 2019
Spring 2020*
*This is the last semester that SPC 6540 will be offered. Please contact Graduate Director if you are unable to complete the TSD/TSDA program by Spring 2020 so alternative arrangements can be made.
September 16, 2019
Fall 2020 March 30, 2020
Spring 2021 September 30, 2020

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.