Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement

This program is designed for individuals who possess a standard instructional certificate, or possess or are eligible for CEAS and wish to obtain Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSWD) certification in New Jersey.

The purpose of the program is to provide advanced studies focusing on educational, psychological and sociological needs of children and youth with disabilities. Each course in the program builds on the earlier knowledge and skills gained in the candidates initial certification programs. The coursework and related field experiences are designed to foster an understanding of students with special learning needs, combined with pedagogical skills to accommodate these needs and provide appropriate curriculum modifications when necessary.


The Teacher of Students with Disabilities Graduate Endorsement program requires the completion of 21 semester hours (s.h.). This program requires completion of an Action Research Project.


The following courses make up the Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement program. 

Required Courses: 21 semester hours (s.h.)

SPED 08520 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.

Total Program Semester Hours: 21

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Education Application Form (Download the -- or click to apply online)
  • Completed COE TOSD Field Experience Placement Form (Download the PDF)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives: Please explain why you want to teach children with special needs and why is earning the TOSD Endorsement important to you.

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • A copy of initial NJ teaching certificate (Standard or CEAS only) in Elementary Education or appropriate content area. If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.

  • Interview may be required with Faculty Admissions Committee (If an interview is required, students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated Teacher of Students with Disabilities: Graduate Endorsement start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the University calendar or the Rowan Global schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a Rowan Global enrollment advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2016 -- 04/01/2016
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 08/01/2015
Spring 2016 01/19/2016 11/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$648 $144.90 $792.90