Special Education

The Master of Education in Special Education is a 30-credit hour program for teachers, administrators, and other service providers who wish to learn how to serve students with learning disabilities.  

Program Goals

Graduates of the Master of Education in Special Education program will gain:

  • Skills in developmental, educational, legal and evaluative aspects of all disability categories
  • Skills in educational assessment, planning and teaching students with disabilities in general and special education environments
  • Skills in consultation and collaboration with parents, educators and professionals throughout the community to provide appropriate and individualized services to students with learning disabilities

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Valid state of Michigan teaching certificate

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

Michigan teacher endorsement requirements in special education 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  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.