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The Department of Special Education and Counseling collaborates with the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education and the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education to offer dual licensure (DL) programs leading to early childhood P-3 certification, elementary education K-6 certification or secondary education K-12 certification with an endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD). Candidates in the elementary education/TSD program may also earn a 5-8 subject area endorsement.  In special education, we prepare outstanding special educators to work with a diverse population of students with disabilities by working collaboratively to create a dynamic partnership between faculty, students, administrators and local communities.

Undergraduate Programs
  • BA in Disability Studies
  • BA in Elementary Education with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) Endorsement
  • Minor in Disability Studies

MEd Programs
  • MEd in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Severe Disabilities
  • MEd in Special Education: Learning Disabilities
  • MEd in Special Education: Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Certificate Programs
  • Graduate Certificate: Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Graduate Certificate: Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) Alternate Route
  • Graduate Certificate: Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

Special Education

A William Paterson bachelor's or master's degree with a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement can prepare you for a career as a teacher of students with disabilities working with students with diverse learning and social needs in a variety of special education programs.

A William Paterson University post-master's Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) endorsement can prepare you for a career as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant to serve as the LDT-C on the child study team in New Jersey schools.

A William Paterson University alternate route endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) can prepare you for a career as a teacher of students with disabilities working with students with diverse learning and social needs in a variety of special education programs.

Disability Studies

As the number of individuals with disabilities increases, there is a growing need for professionals from a wide range of disciplines who can apply a nuanced view of disability to practice their discipline.  While the most obvious application is in education and human services, including social work and health care, graduates can go on to careers or graduate studies in law, public health, public policy, government, law enforcement, mental health counseling, or social work.