Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate


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This endorsement program is for teachers who possess either a: Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or Standard NJ teaching certificate in a grade level or content area in regular education. The goal of this program is to provide the State-approved coursework leading to the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement. 

Graduate students who intend to apply for admission and are interested taking classes can take the three first classes on a non-matriculated basis if they have not already exhausted the 9 credit limit for non-matriculated graduate students.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A standard instructional license or CEAS in regular education.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75 on 4.00 scale.

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

Professor Pamela Brillante
Program Director, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies 

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Standard New Jersey Teaching Certificate OR New Jersey C.E.A.S. in general education
  • Completed Graduate Admissions Application Form

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

Exit Requirements:

  • Maintain 3.0 G.P.A
  • Completion of program requirements.

Click here for the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification.

Information Regarding Field Experience/Clinical Practice Application

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 Clinical Practice, you must submit the following paperwork:

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


  • If you are doing 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 Clinical Placement Application Due
Fall 2022 January 15, 2022
Spring 2023 October 15, 2022
Summer 2023 February 1, 2023
Fall 2023 February 1, 2023

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.