MEd Learning Disabilities Concentration with Teacher Consultant Certificate

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It is the intent of the program to provide current advanced information on educational research, service delivery, trends, community services, societal attitudes, technical developments, and instructional strategies and practices for the education of persons with disabilities. The programs' varied offerings allow teachers, learning consultants, supervisors, and other personnel within and outside special education to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the disabled in a variety of settings. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum and documented three years of teaching experience, the candidate is eligible for the New Jersey certificate as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C).Click here for the Office of Certification.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00.*
  • A copy of a CEAS or standard teaching license.** 
  • College of Education DAP Group Interview
  • Record of Professional Experience (ROPE) form
  • A letter on district letterhead from an administrator or Human Resources personnel documenting three or more years of full-time teaching experience
  • A group interview (You will be contacted for available times).

*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

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) 

Contact Us

Dr. Meredith Drew 
Program Director, Department of Special Education and Counseling
Office: Valley Road, room 3005
drewm2@wpunj.edu
973-720-3092

Exit Requirements:

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM: All MEd degree Candidates in Learning Disabilities must take the graduate comprehensive examination, but only after they have successfully completed 24 credits. Application may be made for the examination only if a 3.0 graduate grade point average has been maintained. The comprehensive exam tests subject matter in the Learning Disabilities area. Please see your advisor regarding special requirements and specimen exams

Information Regarding LDT-C Clinical Component 

In order to receive a permit to register for SPED 6570 Seminar in Clinical Application of Learning Disabilities, you must submit the following paperwork:

  • Application for LDT-C Clinical Component
  • Resume for Clinical Work (4 copies)

AND

  • If you are doing the clinical component in your own school, you must also submit the LDT-C District Permission Letter

All of the necessary paperwork can be found on the Office of Field Experience webpage. Please click here for additional information regarding clinical placement.

Please keep the following dates in mind as you complete the paperwork:

Semester of Clinical Placement Application Due
Summer 2020 January 15, 2020
Fall 2020 January 15, 2020
Spring 2021 September 15, 2020
Summer 2021 January 15, 2021

Please turn all completed and signed 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.