Teaching Early Childhood Education (P-3) at Montclair State University

Teacher of Students with Disabilities / Inclusive Education for Early Childhood (P-3) Teacher (Instructional Certification)

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Teacher of Students with Disabilities / Inclusive Education for Early Childhood (P-3) Teachers (Instructional Certification)

The Teacher of Students with Disabilities program designed to provide graduate students with certification to teach students with disabilities (TSD) in P-3 settings. Students who apply to this program must have a bachelor’s degree and P-3 teacher certification or the equivalent.

Please refer to our teacher education and certification page for information on other options in teacher education as well as our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

This program is for prospective students who are already possess a standard New Jersey Early Childhood (P-3) instructional certificate. The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities / Inclusive Education for Early Childhood (P-3) Teachers (Instructional Certification) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose; Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
    • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language)IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.

For curriculum information, please visit the program listing in the course catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Email: gradschool@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Teacher of Students with Disabilities / Inclusive Education for Early Childhood (P-3) Teachers (Instructional Certification) Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Priya Lalvani
Office: University Hall 3163
Email: lalvanip@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5372

For inquiries regarding the Off-site Cumberland County College cohort of this program, please contact:
Program Coordinator: Mia Kirk
Office: University Hall
Email: kirkm@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7101
Program Coordinator: Nancy Rosario-Layne
Office: University Hall
Email: rosariolaynn@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-6909