Special Education

The Master of Education in Special Education provides students with advanced training in special education. The MEd-SPED offers three possible concentrations:

1) Learning Disabilities. The Learning Disabilities concentration includes all of the coursework needed to earn the master’s degree and the State of Michigan, Learning Disabilities Endorsement. Candidates must pass the MTTC and hold a Michigan teaching certificate.

2) Emotional Impairments. The Emotional Impairments concentration includes all of the coursework needed to earn the master’s degree and State of Michigan, Emotional Impairments Endorsement. Candidates must pass the MTTC and hold a Michigan teaching certificate.

3) Specialist in Mild Disabilities. The Specialist in Mild Disabilities concentration includes all of the coursework needed to serve students with disabilities in inclusive environments.

Objectives

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers an endorsement program in K-12 learning disabilities and K-12 emotional impairments for certified teachers. These endorsements may be earned in the context of a 30-credit Master of Education in Special Education degree. The program is a local program that is designed for working educators and offers evening coursework and summer internship placements.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services also offers a Master of Education in Special Education Specialist in Mild Disabilities degree. This program is a 30-credit hour online degree program that provides K-12 general-education teachers, administrators, social workers and other professionals an opportunity to gain the skills needed to teach students with disabilities in general education classrooms and mainstream settings. This degree track does not require a teaching certificate; furthermore, this program does not lead to teaching certification nor will it lead to an endorsement.

The Special Education Program enhances educational and career options by:

  1. extending job opportunities from general education to learning disabilities or emotional impairments resource, consulting, and tutoring positions;
  2. addressing the competencies needed for graduates to teach and serve students with disabilities in a variety of inclusive settings;
  3. providing the background for graduates to seek special education administrative endorsements;
  4. preparing graduates to work collaboratively with various educators and parents; and
  5. providing the requisite skills needed for graduates to pursue doctoral studies in special education.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose
  • State of Michigan Teaching Certificate (not required for Specialist in Mild Disabilities concentration).

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

Transfer of Credit

For transfer courses, whether they are University of Michigan or non-University of Michigan, certain criteria must be met before the transfer application is made and in order for courses to transfer. There is a limit of six hours that can transfer from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 hours of University of Michigan credit as long as the courses apply to this program. Students are fully responsible for accurately planning their degree program. For additional information, please consult the Director of Master’s Degrees or the Office of Student Success 313-593-5090.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

Program Requirements

Master of Education in Special Education with a K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement (Michigan)

Candidates for the K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a Michigan teaching certificate. The Learning Disabilities endorsement requires a total of 30 credit hours of coursework. These courses are also applied toward the completion of the Master of Education in Special Education.

EDC 501Intro to Learning Disabilities3
EDC 517Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
EDD 513Internship Elementary LD2
EDD 515Internship - Secondary LD2
EDK 680Individual Res in Education3
EDN 501Strategies for LD3
EDN 502Social/Vocational Transitions3
EDN 503Assessment of the Learner3
EDN 504Assessment Practicum1
EDN 506Collaboration in the Classroom3
EDN 508Internship Seminar - LD1
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Total Credit Hours30

Second-Area Special Education Learning Disabilities Endorsement-Only Requirements

Candidates desiring a second-area special education endorsement in Learning Disabilities must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a full Michigan teaching certificate in any other special education category (emotional impairments, mental impairments, visual or hearing impairments, etc.). The second-area endorsement requires 15 semester hours.

EDC 501Intro to Learning Disabilities3
EDN 501Strategies for LD3
EDN 503
EDN 504
Assessment of the Learner
and Assessment Practicum
4
EDN 508Internship Seminar - LD1
EDD 513Internship Elementary LD2
EDD 515Internship - Secondary LD2
Total Credit Hours15

Master of Education in Special Education with a K-12 Emotional Impairments Endorsement (Michigan)

Candidates for the K-12 Emotional Impairments Endorsement must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a Michigan teaching certificate. The Emotional Impairments full endorsement requires a total of 30 credit hours of coursework. These courses are also applied toward the completion of the Master of Education in Special Education.

EDC 517Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
EDK 680Individual Res in Education2
EDN 502Social/Vocational Transitions3
EDN 506Collaboration in the Classroom3
EDN 520Intro to Emotional Impairments3
EDN 521Practicum at Psych Facility1
EDN 522Emotional Impairments Intrnshp3
EDN 523Strat: Emotional Impairments3
EDN 524Couns Fam of Studts Emo Impair2
EDN 525Eco-Behavioral Assessment3
EDN 526Eco-Behav Assessment Practicum1
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Total Credit Hours30

Master of Education in Special Education Specialist in Mild Disabilities

The Specialist in Mild Disabilites degree enables K-12, general-education teachers, administrators, social workers, and other professionals to gain the skills needed to teach and support students with disabilities in general education classrooms and the community. A teaching certificate is not required for the Specialist in Mild Disabilities program. The 30-credit-hour master’s degree requires coursework in the following areas:

EDC 501Intro to Learning Disabilities3
EDC 517Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
EDN 501Strategies for LD3
EDN 523Strat: Emotional Impairments3
EDN 502Social/Vocational Transitions3
EDN 503Assessment of the Learner3
EDN 525Eco-Behavioral Assessment3
EDN 506Collaboration in the Classroom3
EDN 520Intro to Emotional Impairments3
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Total Credit Hours30

Second-Area Special Education Emotional Impairments Endorsement Only

Candidates desiring a second-area special education endorsement in Emotional Impairments must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a full Michigan teaching certificate in any other special education category (learning disabilities, mental impairments, visual or hearing impairments, etc.). The second-area endorsement requires 15 semester hours.

EDN 520Intro to Emotional Impairments3
EDN 521Practicum at Psych Facility1
EDN 522Emotional Impairments Intrnshp3
EDN 523Strat: Emotional Impairments3
EDN 524Couns Fam of Studts Emo Impair2
EDN 525Eco-Behavioral Assessment3
EDN 526Eco-Behav Assessment Practicum1
Total Credit Hours16

Michigan teacher endorsement requirements in special education, learning disabilities, or emotional impairments may change. It is the applicant’s or student’s responsibility to ascertain current requirements. The College of Education, Health, and Human Services reserves the right to revise the learning disabilities and emotional impairments program without notice should state endorsement standards change. The College of Education, Health, and Human Services will endeavor to provide students with a state-approved program leading to the appropriate state endorsements.

For transfer courses, whether they are University of Michigan or non-University of Michigan, certain criteria must be met before the transfer application is made and in order for courses to transfer. There is a limit of six hours that can transfer from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 hours of University of Michigan credit as long as the courses apply to this program.

Students are fully responsible for accurately planning their degree program. For additional information, please consult the Director of Masters Degree Programs or Office of Student Success 313-593-5090.