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
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three 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.

Special Education (EDN)

EDN 501     Strategies for LD     3 Credit Hours

Content includes strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities in special and regular education classes. Course addresses diagnostic-prescriptive teaching, direct instruction, and specific strategies and materials addressing each academic area. The individualized education program (IEP), development of goals and objectives, linking assessment and instruction, inclusion, and generality of behavior change will also be included.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 502     Social/Vocational Transitions     3 Credit Hours

Course includes strategies that teach age-appropriate social skills to elementary students with learning disabilities. Topics include interactive skills, self-management skills, self-concept, attitude, communication skills particularly pragmatics, assessing social skills, and differential responding in a variety of social settings found in the school, home, and community.

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520 EDC 501

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 503     Assessment of the Learner     3 Credit Hours

Formal and informal assessment strategies used in the identification and service of students with handicaps are described. Technical and operations aspects of standardized testing, curriculum-based assessment, and informal strategies are described.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501

Corequisite(s):

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Undergrad Certification only or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 504     Assessment Practicum     1 Credit Hour

Clinical experiences with formal and informal assessment strategies currently used by special educators to identify and program for students with handicaps. Activities include administration, scoring, and interpetation of norm- and criterion-referenced tests, curriculum-based assessments, and informal assessment strategies. Deriving goals, objectives, activities, and strategies from assessment data are also included.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501

Corequisite(s):

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Undergrad Certification only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 505     Teaching Students with ADD     2 to 3 Credit Hours

Identification of the behavioral characteristics and instructional needs of students with attention deficit disorders and/or hyperactivity will be discussed. Conducting and interpreting assessment, promoting academic skill gains, sustained attention, task involvement, self-management and functional social skills, and managing hyperactive and hypoactive behaviors will be addressed. Strategies to support and promote family involvement and self-esteem will be described.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 506     Collaboration in the Classroom     3 Credit Hours

Techniques for enhancing collaboration between special and regular classroom teachers of mainstreamed exceptional and low-achieving learners at all levels. Included are essential skills for managing and monitoring the learning process and maintaining collaborative partnerships.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Undergrad Certification only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 507     Ed of the Emotionally Impaired     2 Credit Hours

Explores educational strategies for the emotionally disturbed and behaviorally disordered. Emphasis is given to etiological factors and prescriptive approaches to teaching. The role of the teacher as a consultant, a modifier of behavior, and a learning strategist is explored.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 561

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 508     Internship Seminar - LD     1 Credit Hour

Seminar will focus on the discussion, development, and evaluation of Individualized Educational Programs, Individualized Transition Plans, and Behavior Intervention Plans for students with learning disabilities at a variety of internship sites. Topics will include academic and behavior assessment and strategies, curriculum, child study teaming, service delivery options and inclusion strategies.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501 and EDN 501 and EDN 503 and EDN 504

EDN 520     Intro to Emotional Impairments     3 Credit Hours

Identification of the behavioral characteristics and instructional needs of children with emotional impairments/behavior disorders will be discussed. Causes of emotional impairments and environmental influences on behavior will also be discussed.Strategies for identification, assessment, and interpreting such instruments will be addressed. Finally, instructional strategies for students with emotional impairments will be described and practiced through classroom activities. (YR).

Corequisite(s):

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

EDN 521     Practicum at Psych Facility     1 Credit Hour

Experience in a clinical setting with emotionally impaired individuals, for no less than 45 clock hours. Activities include working with cooperating teacher on tasks such as individual tutoring, data collection, informal assessment, and program implementation and evaluation. Also included will be the development of goals and objectives relevant for emotionally impaired students. (YR).

Corequisite(s):

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

EDN 522     Emotional Impairments Intrnshp     3 Credit Hours

Field experience with elementary/secondary students with emotional impairments in classroom setting. Experiences include delivery of direct instruction, observations, tutoring, small and large group instruction, curriculum development, program development, and implementation and participation in the IEP process. Collaboration with regular classroom teachers, and other activities under the on-site supervision of an EI certified teacher and an EI-certified university field supervisor. Internship also includes weekly seminar. This course has EDN 520, EDN 525, EDN 526, EDN 523 with a "B" or better as prerequisites. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520 and EDN 525 and EDN 526 and EDN 523

EDN 523     Strat: Emotional Impairments     3 Credit Hours

Course content includes strategies for teaching students with emotional impairments, including instruction on reading and mathematics. Course also includes strategies to deal with hyperactive behavior, aggressive behavior, socially withdrawn behavior, and delinquency. Strategies for effective teaching, and the development of instructional materials and learning environments for students with emotional impairments is included. The Individualized Educational Program, development of goals and objectives, linking assessment with instruction, and integrating students with emotional impairments into the regular classroom will also be covered. EDN 520 or EDC 501 is a prerequisite. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520 or EDC 501

EDN 524     Couns Fam of Studts Emo Impair     2 Credit Hours

Course content focuses on preparing teachers to work with parents and families, to meet the academic, emotional, social and behavioral needs of students with emotional impairments. Issues concerning counseling families and students in educational settings will be discussed. Strategies for individual and group counseling will also be addressed and practiced through classroom activities. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520

EDN 525     Eco-Behavioral Assessment     2 or 3 Credit Hours

Formal and informal assessment strategies used in identifying and serving students with emotional impairments are described. Assessment strategies include eco-behavioral assessment, functional analyses, naturalistic observation techniques, norm-referenced and criterion referenced tests, interviewing, achievement tests, and curriculum based assessment. Technical aspects of assessment, interpretation of data, and diagnostic strategies are also addressed, as well as using assessment instruments to facilitate more effective teaching for students with emotional impairments. To be taken concurrently with EDN 526. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520 or EDC 501

Corequisite(s):

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

EDN 526     Eco-Behav Assessment Practicum     1 Credit Hour

Clinical experiences with formal and informal assessment strategies currently used by special educators to identify and program for students with emotional impairments. Activities include practicing observation techniques, completing and analyzing eco-behavioral assessments and functional analyses. Also included are administration, scoring, and interpretation of norm-referenced and criterion referenced tests, curriculum based assessments, achievement tests, rating scales and checklists, and informal assessment strategies. To be taken concurrently with EDN 525. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDN 520

Corequisite(s): EDN 525

EDN 527     Inclusion:Multisen/Direct Inst     2 to 3 Credit Hours

Course addresses developing, implementing, and evaluating teaching strategies and materials that incorporate principles of direct instruction and multi-sensory activities that promote inclusion of students with special needs in general education settings, increase all students' academic achievement, and improve social interaction among students from a wide variety of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. (F,W,S).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Graduate

EDN 580     Mentally Impaired Child     2 to 3 Credit Hours

A course specially designed for regular classroom teachers to better equip them for effectively teaching children with mental impairments.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

EDN 701     Strategies for LD     3 Credit Hours

Content includes strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities in special and regular education classes. Course addresses diagnostic-prescriptive teaching, direct instruction, and specific strategies and materials addressing each academic area. The individualized education program (IEP), development of goals and objectives, linking assessment and instruction, inclusion, and generality of behavior change will also be included.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

EDN 702     Social/Vocational Transitions     3 Credit Hours

Course includes strategies that teach age-appropriate social skills to elementary students with learning disabilities. Topics include interactive skills, self-management skills, self-concept, attitude, communication skills particularly pragmatics, assessing social skills, and differential responding in a variety of social settings found in the school, home, and community.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501 or EDN 520

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

EDN 703     Assessment of the Learner     3 Credit Hours

Formal and informal assessment strategies used in the identification and service of students with handicaps are described. Technical and operations aspects of standardized testing, curriculum-based assessment, and informal strategies are described.

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

EDN 706     Collaboration in the Classroom     3 Credit Hours

Techniques for enhancing collaboration between special and regular classroom teachers of mainstreamed exceptional and low-achieving learners at all levels. Included are essential skills for managing and monitoring the learning process and maintaining collaborative partnerships.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

EDN 720     Intro to Emotional Impairments     3 Credit Hours

Identification of the behavioral characteristics and instructional needs of children with emotional impairments/behavior disorders will be discussed. Causes of emotional impairments and environmental influences on behavior will also be discussed.Strategies for identification, assessment, and interpreting such instruments will be addressed. Finally, instructional strategies for students with emotional impairments will be described and practiced through classroom activities. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate
Can enroll if Level is Doctorate or Specialist
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDN 723     Strat: Emotional Impairments     3 Credit Hours

Course content includes strategies for teaching students with emotional impairments, including instruction on reading and mathematics. Course also includes strategies to deal with hyperactive behavior, aggressive behavior, socially withdrawn behavior, and delinquency. Strategies for effective teaching, and the development of instructional materials and learning environments for students with emotional impairments is included. The Individualized Educational Program, development of goals and objectives, linking assessment with instruction, and integrating students with emotional impairments into the regular classroom will also be covered. EDN 520 or EDC 501 is a prerequisite. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501 or EDN 520

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

EDN 725     Eco-Behavioral Assessment     2 to 3 Credit Hours

Formal and informal assessment strategies used in identifying and serving students with emotional impairments are described. Assessment strategies include eco-behavioral assessment, functional analyses, naturalistic observation techniques, norm-referenced and criterion referenced tests, interviewing, achievement tests, and curriculum based assessment. Technical aspects of assessment, interpretation of data, and diagnostic strategies are also addressed, as well as using assessment instruments to facilitate more effective teaching for students with emotional impairments. To be taken concurrently with EDN 526. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): EDC 501 or EDN 520

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Specialist or Doctorate

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally