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Department of Special Ed & Counseling

Professor: P. Danzinger

 Associate Professors:  J. D’Haem, P. Griswold, C. Mulrine, M. Urgolo Huckvale(chair), T. Vandergast

 Assistant Professors:  H. Heluk, B. Jones, A. Mazin, L. Della Vecchia, M. Gasior

 Instructors: C. Besko, K. Decker 

The Department of Special Education and Counseling collaborates with the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education and the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education to offer dual licensure (DL) programs leading to Early Childhood P-3 certification, Elementary Education K-5 certification or Secondary Education K-12 certification with an endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD). Candidates in the Elementary Education/TSD program may also earn a 5-8 Subject area endorsement. 

Coursework and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to plan, implement, and assess instruction in regular education inclusive classrooms and in self-contained special education settings. The curriculum includes an introduction to public education in a diverse society, learner characteristics associated with disabilities identified in IDEA 2004 and their effect, and content related to educating all students to assume roles in society.

The focus is on research-based practices in assessment, instructional strategies, classroom management, and the use of general technologies to enhance classroom teaching and adaptive/assistive technologies to permit all learners to access the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible. Important aspects of the program are its emphasis on developing collaborative practices with colleagues and parents, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds, and address lifespan issues and transitions.

The DL program has earned accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) by enabling teacher candidates to demonstrate proficiency in the teaching standards established by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children, the Association for Childhood Education International and subject area professional organizations. While graduates are certified to teach in all disability categories, except sensory impairments, the majority of special education coursework addresses the needs of learners with mild or moderate disabilities. 

Most courses meet during the day; field experiences begin in sophomore year and continue through the senior teaching internship. Assuming a liberal arts major of 36 credits, students would need to complete  15 to 17 credits beyond the minimum of 120 credits needed to graduate to complete the DL program. Thus, good planning, frequent contact and the preparation of a path to graduation with an advisor are necessary for timely degree completion. Below is a summary of program requirements. For more detailed information, candidates are urged to consult the curriculum control sheet (available in the Department of Special Education and Counseling office). 

Requirements 

General Education/University Core Curriculum  All students entering William Paterson University prior to fall, 2011 must complete the General Education (GE) requirements as prescribed by the University and as outlined elsewhere in this catalog. All students entering William Paterson University in fall, 2011 or afterwards must complete the Universal  Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements.  In certain areas of GE and the University Core Curriculum, the DL programs have identified required courses and directed electives. See the DL K-5 and DL K-12 program curriculum control sheets for the most up-to-date list of required courses. Selection of specific courses should be made with an advisor. It is suggested that general education/UCC courses be completed prior to the practicum semester, which is generally the second semester of the junior year. 

Liberal Arts or Science Academic Majors All students must complete a major in an appropriate liberal arts or science area (listed below), in addition to their education major. For elementary education majors seeking K-5 certification with TSD, the following liberal arts or science majors are acceptable: 

  • Africana-World Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Art: History, Studio, Fine (ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, or graphic arts ) 
  • Asian Studies 
  • Communication: Interpersonal, Journalism 
  • English: Literature, Writing 
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies in Science and Math 
  • Liberal Studies in Humanities and Social Science (select areas only) 
  • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics 
  • Philosophy 
  • Psychology 
  • Science (biology, chemistry, earth, environmental) 
  • Social Studies (geography, history, political science) 
  • Sociology: General Studies 
  • Women's Studies
  • World Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish) 
  • For students seeking the middle school endorsement (5-8 on the K-5 certificate), the following academic majors are acceptable: 
  • English (literature, writing) 
  • Liberal Studies in Science and Math 
  • Liberal Studies Humanities and Social Science 
  • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics
  • Sciences (biology, chemistry, earth, environmental) 
  • Social Studies (geography, history, political science) 
  • World Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish) 

For secondary education majors seeking K-12 certification in a specific subject field with TSD, a list of approved majors offered by the University with a list of corresponding teaching certificates offered by the state of New Jersey follows: 

  • Liberal Arts Majors* or Science Subject Field Certification
  •  Art (fine arts, history, studio) Art 
  • Biology Biological Science 
  • Chemistry Chemistry 
  • Chinese World Languages 
  • Earth Science Earth Science 
  • English* (literature, writing) English
  • French World languages
  • Geography* Social Studies 
  • History* Social Studies 
  • Japanese World Languages 
  • Mathematics Mathematics 
  • Music (instrumental, vocal, Music jazz studies, performance) 
  • Physical Education Physical Education 
  • Physical Education Health and Physical and Health Education 
  • Political Science* Social Studies 
  • Spanish World Languages 

Transfer Students Students who enter William Paterson with an AA or AS degree earned since 2005 from a New Jersey community college will be assumed to have met the general education requirements of the University. However, each education major has directed electives that are required. It is expected that all courses and field experiences in the professional preparation program will be completed at the University. Transfer credits in education are generally not accepted for courses taken toward an associate's degree, unless a specific articulation agreement has been reached with the two-year college. Limited transfers or substitutions of professional courses from other colleges are accepted only from NCATE-accredited institutions and must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department chairperson for approval. 

Certification To be eligible for dual certification in either elementary or secondary education, teacher candidates must complete a prescribed education major. This professional preparation program is an intensive one in the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching that culminates in a full semester, senior year, teaching internship in a school system. Teacher candidates must complete their studies with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in education courses. 

All certification candidates must take and pass the appropriate PRAXIS II exam(s) before entering the student teaching semester. Information regarding PRAXIS examinations is available from the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification, 1600 Valley Road, room 3096. Information and registration for the PRAXIS II exams are available online at www.ets.org. Candidates completing the K5/TSD/5-8 program must take and pass all required Praxis exams for their program of study prior to their student teaching semester. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that the university has received all Praxis score information according to the required timelines. The test codes and required pass scores can be found online at wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/nj_licensure_and_praxis_exam_information.dot

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:11-5.1, teacher candidates successfully completing one of the professional program sequences as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II Examination(s) are issued a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) that permits them to seek employment in New Jersey requiring instructional certification. Subsequently, a provisional certificate is issued to a graduate who receives and accepts a documented offer of employment. The standard (permanent) certificate will later be issued to an individual who serves for one year under the provisional certificate and is recommended as "approved" by the hiring district. 

Other Requirements for Elementary K-5/TSD Majors 

Achieve a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher to begin and continue in education courses.Achieve a GPA of 3.0 in education courses. Successfully complete (with a C or better) ANTH 202Diversity and Equity in Schools, and PSY 210 Developmental Psychology; Demonstrate professional and personal dispositions consistent with the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and other Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs).Pass the Writing Assessment and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment

Other Requirements for Secondary Education Majors

Achieve a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher to begin and continue in education courses.Achieve a GPA of 3.0 in education courses. Successfully complete (with a C or better) ANTH 202Diversity and Equity in Schools, and PSY 210 Developmental PsychologyDemonstrate professional and personal dispositions consistent with the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and other Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs).Pass the Writing Assessment and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment. 

In order to enter the last three semesters of the major, the practicum semesters, and the student teaching semester, a student must successfully complete Math 110 (or a higher level math course) and all general education courses before beginning the practicum semester. Apply to the Office of Field Experiences by October 15 for placement the following fall and by March 15 for placement the following spring. Applications and the accompanying biographical data form are available from the Office of Field Experiences and on its Web site:mwpunj.edu/coe/Departments/OFE/ofehome.htm.Hold a New Jersey substitute teaching license. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the education major courses, with at least a C in each education course, in order to student teach.Take and pass the appropriate Praxis II exam(s) by August 1 to student teach in the fall semester and by January 1 to student teach in the spring semester. 

Since advisement is critical to timely degree completion, students interested in pursuing the DL program option are encouraged to contact the department as soon as possible,  visit the department's webpage frequently for updated information at wpunj.edu/coe/Departments/SPED_COUNSEL/spedcounshome.htm, and develop a Path to Graduation with their advisor. 

 
 

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