The MEd program is an advanced teacher certification program for those who seek to obtain a special education endorsement (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) and already hold a standard New Jersey general education teacher certificate in a content content area or a New Jersey certificate of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS). The program requires coursework as well as a demonstration teaching experience with students with disabilities. The goal of this program is to provide the State approved coursework leading to the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) certificate.
Beginning September 2018:
Admission to the Degree Program
Teacher of Students with Disabilities Concentration Program
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)
Non-degree status not available
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
*Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program. **Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances.
* Candidates must consult with their faculty advisor before selecting courses in the event that changes have been made in the program or its course offerings.
Dr. Elizabeth HarkinsProgram Director, Department of Special Education and Counseling Office: Valley Road, Room 3110-Aharkinse@wpunj.edu973-720-3576
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 complete 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 Demonstration Teaching, 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