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

Graduate Programs in Learning Disabilities

Licensed regular classroom teachers may seek to develop expertise in working with students with disabilities in grades K-12. Through our program, candidates may decide to:

  • Enter a 21-credit, fully online, non-degree program leading to the New Jersey Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification; OR
  • Enter a 36 credit, master’s degree program leading to the New Jersey Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification AND a master’s degree. We offer three tracks for candidates pursuing this degree: a learning disabilities track, a supervisory track, or an Orton Gillingham Teacher concentration.

Candidates who successfully complete these programs are eligible for New Jersey’s Department of Education certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities. This license is required for teaching students with disabilities in settings such as inclusive classrooms, resource centers, or self-contained classrooms. Program completers are certified to teach students with disabilities in general education classrooms and/or resource centers/special class programs in the subject area(s) for which they earned their general education certification(s). This is a reduced tuition program. In all programs, a faculty advisor will work closely with candidates to monitor their program and course selections

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

Admission requirements

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

  • Evidence of Certification of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or standard teaching license (A Certificate of Eligibility will not be considered unless the candidate also holds a CEAS or Standard Certificate in another area)
  • Transcripts with a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of successful completion of Praxis Exam in another content area (Currently, there is no Praxis for TSD in New Jersey)

Student Outcomes

The Learning Disabilities programs at FDU produce candidates who are:

  • Qualified to teach subject matter;
  • Competent in pedagogical knowledge;
  • Caring professionals;
  • Technologically proficient;
  • Culturally responsive to the diverse needs of students;
  • Reflective about what they have learned and what they need to learn

Degree Plan

Programs Leading to the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

The course listed below are required for the New Jersey TSD Certification. All certification courses are offered fully online, to maximize access for busy educators who want to further their career.

EDUC6740 is the first course in the sequence of courses and must be completed as a prerequisite or corequisite upon admission to the program.

  • EDUC6740    Introduction to Students with Disabilities Including Autism Spectrum Disorders (Note: EDUC6740 is a prerequisite for all other courses.)
  • EDUC6744     Foundations: Historical, Philosophical, & Legal Issues Related 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 (Note: EDUC6745 or EDUC6746 are prerequisites)
  • EDUC7624    Correction of Learning Disabilities (Note: EDUC6745 or EDUC6746 are prerequisites)

Students may opt to complete their studies after earning the TSD certificate, or may decide to further their professional development by pursuing a MA in Learning Disabilities (36 credits). Some courses are fully online, while others are offered in-person at our Florham or Metropolitan campuses. After earning the TSD certificate and completing the 21 credit sequence listed above, candidates would choose one of the below concentrations to finish their master’s degree:

Learning Disabilities Concentration

  • EDUC6627    Orientation for School Testing
  • EDUC6792    Assistive Technology for the Inclusive Classroom
  • EDUC6793    Education of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC6797    Clinical Teaching: Multisensory Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 6626  Neurophysiological Basis of Learning Problems                   

Educational Leadership Concentration

EDUC 6702, EDUC 6703, EDUC 6704, and EDUC 6718 culminate in the NJ Supervisor’s Certificate. Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of successful teaching for the supervisors’ certificate.

  • EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice (Note: offered fully online)
  • EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation (Note: offered fully online)
  • EDUC6704     Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment (Note: offered fully online)
  • EDUC6718     Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement (Note: offered fully online)
  • EDUC7674    Master’s Seminar:  Research in Specialization

Orton Gillingham Teacher Concentration

  • EDUC6602  Multisensory Reading II                                                        
  • EDUC7603  Multisensory Reading III                                                                 
  • EDUC7604  Multisensory Reading IV                                                     
  • EDUC6792  Assistive Technology for the Inclusive Classroom                           
  • EDUC 6626  Neurophysiological Basis of Learning Problems
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