Announcement On Changes In Special Education Certification
Effective August 31, 2006 all emergency certificates for Teacher of the Handicapped will expire. August 31, 2006 is also the deadline for completing the requirements for the Teacher of the Handicapped if an applicant holds an evaluation under the old regulations.
To help ensure continued staffing of special education teachers, the State Board of Education has approved a Licensing code amendment that will ease the requirements for the alternate route certificate in special education. This amendment removes the 6 credit pedagogy requirement for the certificate of eligibility in Teacher of Students with Disabilities. The amendment will take effect on August 21, 2006.
As a result, applicants will qualify for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate of eligibility if they have, or are eligible for and receive, an instructional certificate.
Upon hiring special education teachers with the alternate route certificate of eligibility, districts must immediately enroll these teachers in the Provisional Teacher Program. Please see http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/ptp/ for further details. In doing so, districts must provide documentation to the department of teachers’ enrollment in a state-approved special education program. Acceptable documentation includes a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Verification of Enrollment form signed by a college dean or registrar. If the candidate has not enrolled in a New Jersey TOSD program, the employing school district may submit an original letter verifying the candidate’s enrollment or start date and the anticipated program completion date in a New Jersey TOSD program. No provisional certificate for alternate route special education teachers will be issued without proof of enrollment in a state-approved program for special education.
Candidates please note: Alternate route candidates seeking Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification must be enrolled in and complete a Department approved program of 21-27 semester hour credits while employed at a school or district in a position requiring provisional licensure in this instructional area. “Department approved” is defined as a program approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and located in New Jersey. Please note: A candidate who has been matriculated into an out of state program prior to September 1, 2006 may complete program requirements at the given higher education institution.
New Jersey colleges that offer approved special education programs are listed below:
College of Saint Elizabeth
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Felician College - Rutherford Campus
Georgian Court University
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Rutgers University – Graduate School of Education
St. Peter’s College
The College of New Jersey
William Paterson University
Questions or concerns may be directed through county offices of education to Trenton so that the department may coordinate responses to all districts.