Program Coordinator: Shridevi Rao, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forcina Hall 308, 609/771-2308
This program is for experienced teachers (with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience) who already hold a Master’s degree in Special Education or a related field as well as prior certification in Special Education. This program leads to recommendation for certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant, the educational specialist on the child study team, mandated by the state of New Jersey. The program is comprised of a cluster of core courses that focus on key skills critical for the role of an LDTC such as the advanced study of learning disabilities, administration and scoring of assessment protocols, remediation and support strategies and an externship. Students are also required to take an elective that provides them an opportunity to explore a related area of interest.
Students applying to this program are required to have a Master’s degree in Special Education or a related field, a standard certificate in Special Education and at least three years of classroom teaching experience. This is a 27-credit program. 12 of these credits are prerequisite courses.
The LDTC externship is an experience that is to be completed towards the end of the program. Students are required to have completed the prerequisite courses for the externship as well as all required courses including SPED 624, SPED 680, SPED 681 & EPSY 643. Students can complete the externship “on the job”. Students completing the externship “on the job” need to have an assigned LDTC mentor on their site. All students applying for externship have to fill out the STEP application.
In addition to the above requirement, please refer to the STEP Guidelines and Policies for Student Teaching for additional details.
APPLYING FOR STUDENT TEACHING/EXTERNSHIP
In order to apply for student teaching, students are required to fill out the STEP application and provide other supporting documents. Please refer to the STEP application process for details.
The prerequisites in the post master’s LDTC certification program are comprised of 12 credits. Some of these prerequisite credits can be transferred from prior graduate coursework if they meet the following criteria:
- The course descriptions need to match the current prerequisites. The courses need to be appropriate for the program.
- A grade of B or better in the courses
Set up an appointment with your adviser early in your first semester to see which of your earlier courses can be couted for your prerequisites. In preparation for this meeting, please bring the course descriptions and a copy of your transcript.
Completing all the requirements of the program
You need to check with your advisor that you have completed all the requirements for your program. You are not ready to graduate if you have even one course or even a one credit independent study left to complete.
Applying for graduation
You have to fill out an Application for Completion of TCNJ Graduate Certification Program and submit it to the Office of Records and Registration.
If you had prerequisite courses that you were asked to complete as a part of this program, submit the transcripts related to those courses to Shri Rao at the beginning of the semester when you are graduating.