Teacher of Students with Disabilities Post-Baccalaureate Online

In accordance with the current State regulations, endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) is only possible if the candidate already holds, or is eligible for, an initial instructional certification with a corresponding subject area major. The Special Education Services/Instruction Department offers two programs for the Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Teacher of Students with Disabilities. The first is a Post-Baccalaureate program and the second is a Graduate Certification program. Which is appropriate for you is dependent upon two main factors: (1) District Reimbursement Policies and Placement on the Salary Scale, and (2) Cost per Credit. With the exception of courses that meet the “or equivalent” criteria, no transfer credits will be accepted. We are also a State approved Alternative Route Program Provider.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.

Curriculum

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher of Students with Disabilities is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. This endorsement requires the completion of 27 undergraduate semester hours depending upon possible transfer credits. Each course requires classroom field placement in local area schools.

Coursework

The following courses make up the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Post-Baccalaureate Online program. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

  • Required Courses: 27 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Foundation Course: This program requires successful completion of READ 30280 Teaching Literacy (or equivalent determined by department).
Total Program Semester Hours: 27

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.

  • $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

  • Two letters of recommendation

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

  • 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.

  • A copy of NJ Teacher Certification (CE, CEAS, or Standard)in Elementary Education or appropriate content area.

    • If your certificate was issued prior to 1994, you must also submit official scores from the Praxis II content specialization test.
  • A copy of second NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in Teacher of Students with Disabilities

  • Optional interview (If selected for an interview, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Post-Baccalaureate Online program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring 2018 – Module 3 01/02/2018 11/01/2017
Summer 2018 – Module 5 05/01/2018 04/01/2018
Fall 2018 – Module 1 08/28/2018 07/01/2018

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$460 No fees $460