Requirements for a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification
The New Jersey Department of Education and the College highly recommend that all education students, majors and minors, add this endorsement for dual certifications.
This Certification program prepares students to teach in self-contained special education classes, resource centers, inclusion settings, public and non-public schools, and special education institutions and facilities. This Certification allows students to be highly qualified for teaching in specific levels of education. It is permanent upon completion of program requirements.
Students who wish to obtain this Certification:
- must complete either the Elementary/Early Childhood Education major or the Secondary Education minor
- must pass PRAXIS Exam(s) prior to senior year
- this is not a stand-alone certification
- must complete the coherent sequence of courses listed below for a total of 21 credits.
- PSY241 Intro to Psych & Ed of Exceptional Learner (4)
- PSY251 Educational Psychology (4)
- ED263 Adaptation of Strategies and Materials in Special Education Curricula (3)
- ED300 Technology in Special Education (3)
- ED500 Resources and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (3)
- One free elective from approved list of liberal arts courses on issues related to diversity (3)
PSY241, PSY251, Ed263 and PSY (Autism Spectrum Disorders) are double counted as required courses in the K-5/P-3 major. Psy241, Psy251 and PSY (Autism Spectrum Disorders) are double counted for the K-12 minor.
Accelerated Certification for Teaching – A.C.T.1, A.C.T.2, A.C.T. 3
The College of Saint Elizabeth believes in a strong liberal arts background for teachers, and in a developmental approach to teacher preparation. Accordingly, the College offers an accelerated program of teacher preparation, A.C.T.1, leading to certification as K-12 Secondary Teacher and K-5 Elementary Teacher for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree, but who have not yet pursued a program in teacher education. Upon completion of A.C.T. 1, students may elect to continue with studies in Special Education or Early Childhood to obtain an M.A. in Education. The College offers a second program, A.C.T.2, for certified teachers who wish to earn additional endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities. A.C.T. 3, P-3 Early Childhood certification program, is offered as initial certification, as an additional endorsement for certified teachers, or as part of an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.
Admission Criteria for A.C.T. 1
An individual who is seeking K-12 certification must have earned a bachelor’s degree in the major area for which they are applying: e.g. teacher of English must have a B.A. ; teacher of Biology must have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology. In addition, a passing score on the Praxis II Subject Assessment Tests and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 are required before admission. An individual who is seeking elementary teacher K-5 certification must have earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or pure sciences, or have successfully completed at least 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, the individual must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and have passed the Praxis Test in Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects before admission.
Requirements for A.C.T. 1
Individuals enrolling in the A.C.T. 1 will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 22 credits which is designed to comply with the curricular and student teaching requirements for a New Jersey instructional certificate, K-12 Secondary Teacher of major area, and Elementary Teacher K-5:
- ED510 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3)
(Requirement for K-12 world language certification only.)
- ED601 Education and Human Services Settings (3)
- ED603 Curriculum Theory and Practice (3)
- PSY606 Early Childhood, Childhood and Adolescent Development and Behavior (3)
- ED605 Reading and Language Arts: Theory and Practice (3)
- ED607 Practicum (1)
(Required semester before student teaching.)
- ED651 Math and Science: Curriculum and Instruction (3) – K-5 only
- ED681 Field Experience in Educational Technology (3) –K-12 only
- ED608AC Practice Teaching Seminar (1)
- ED609AC Practice Teaching (5)
A student must be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better in order to apply for certification in all classes.
Admission Criteria for A.C.T. 2
Individuals seeking admission to A.C.T. 2 must be teachers who are currently certified or have completed A.C.T.1 to be eligible to enroll in A.C.T.2 for an additional certificate, Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Certified teachers applying for additional endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities must submit a copy of their initial certification.
Requirements for A.C.T. 2
Individuals enrolling in the A.C.T. 2 will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 18 credits:
- ED665* Nature and Needs of Students with Educational Disabilities (3)
- ED671* Curriculum, Instruction and Special Materials for Students with Educational Disabilities (3)
- ED675* Community Agencies (3)
- ED659* Behavior Management of Students with Severe Special Needs (3)
- ED620* Technology in Special Education (3)
- PSY619^* Psychological Issues in Human Services Leadership for Special Education (3)
- ED677 Action Research in Special Education (3)
* May be applied to M.A. in Education emphasis in Special Education.
^ Course code is necessary for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification.
Admission Criteria for A.C.T. 3
An individual who is seeking the P-3 Early Childhood certification must have earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or pure sciences, or have successfully completed at least 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, the individual must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75. The accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT3) is offered as initial certification, as an additional endorsement for certified teachers, or as part of an M.A. in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood (ACT1/P-3). The NJ State Department of Education has initiated this certification area for all teachers in preschool settings. The College of Saint Elizabeth provides a program on a graduate level that will produce well-trained and excellent teachers for the programs of New Jersey. The state of New Jersey requires a passing score of Praxis II Test 0022 – Early Childhood Content Knowledge.
Requirements for A.C.T. 3
Individuals seeking initial certification in the A.C.T. 3 program will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 23 credits:
- ED653*^ Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings: Reading and Language Arts Curriculum (3)
- PSY606*^ Early Childhood, Childhood and Adolescent Development and Behavior (3)
- ED633*^ Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood (3)
- ED654*^ Innovative School Methods and Program Design Including Early Childhood Settings (4)
- ED612 Field Experience 1 (2)
- ED613 Field Experience 2 (2)
- ED608P3^ Practice Teaching Seminar (1)
- ED609P3^ Practice Teaching (5)
* May be applied to M.A. in Education emphasis in Early Childhood.
^ Fulfills endorsement certificate requirements.
Certificate in Assistive Technology
Students can also earn a Certificate in Assistive Technology in Special Education.
Course Sequence: 18 credits
- ED681 Field Experience in Educational Technology
- ED620 Introduction to Assistive Technology
- ED623 Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
- ED625 Assistive Technology for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
- ED627 Assistive Technology Assessment
- ED629 Clinical Practice in Assistive Technology