Certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities


The Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities - Teacher of Student with Disabilities is a 38 credit, graduate level program designed for individual who possess a Standard Teaching Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in a general  education instructional area(s). Individuals completing this program obtain the Jersey Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification, while pursuing a Master of Arts Degree. Program Completers are certified to teach students with disabilities in general education classroms and/or resourse centers/special class programs in the subject area(s) for which they earned their general education certification(s).

Fairleigh Dickinson University's program is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educators Preparation (CAEP).

Admissions Process

All candidates who want to be considered for admission must meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of Certification of Eligibility (CEAS) or standard teaching license
  • Transcripts with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of successful completion of Praxis Exam

Basic Core Courses (12 credits)

EDUC6743*    Introduction to Students with Disabilities in School and Community
EDUC6746      Learning Environment and Effective Management of Teaching & Learning
EDUC6627     Orientation for School Testing
EDUC6792     Assistive Technology for the Inclusive Classroom

EDUC6743 is a Pre-requisite for all courses.

Specialization (18 credits)

EDUC6744     Foundations: Historical, Philosophical, & Legal Issues Related to Disabilities
EDUC6745     Principles & Practices of Collaboration and Inclusion
EDUC6747     Multisensory Reading Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities
EDUC6797     Clinical Teaching: MultisensoryMath
EDUC7623**   Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
EDUC7624**   Correction of Learning Disabilities

** EDUC6745 or EDUC6746 are a Pre-requisite.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

EDUC6694     Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDUC6793     Education of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

One Credit Elective Courses (2 credits)

EDUC6612     Project Read Courses
EDUC6617     Study Skills
EDUC6614     Multisensory Mathematical Skills
EDUC6845     Understanding IQ Testing

Total credits (38 credits)

Non-Degree Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate (TSD) 

The Non-Degree certification Program- Teacher of Student with Disabilities is for licensed regular classroom teachers who seek to develop expertise in working with exceptional students in grades K-12. Teachers who successfully complete this 21-credit program will be eligible for certifications as Teacher of Students with Disabilities, the license required by the state of New Jersey's Department of Education for teaching children with disabilities in settings such as inclusive classrooms, resource centers, and special class programs.

EDUC6743*    Introduction to Students with Disabilities in School and Community
EDUC6744     Foundation: Historical, Philosophical & Legal Issues realted to Disabilities
EDUC6745     Principles & Practices of Collaboration and Inclusion
EDUC6746     Learning Environment and Effective Management of Teaching & Learning
EDUC6747     Multisensory Reading Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities
EDUC7623**   Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
EDUC7624**   Correction of Learning Disabilities

EDUC6743 is a Pre-requisite for all courses.
** EDUC6745 or EDUC6746 are a Pre-requisite.

For More Information

Fairleigh Dickinson University
School of Education
Learning Disabilities Program
1000 River Road • T-BH2-01
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Voice: 201-692-2862