Special Education

Core Requirements

Required Courses
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exp Writing-Comm Learn&Tch3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
EXPS 220Science in the Elem School3
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science3
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
MATH 387Math for Elem Teachers III3
Supplementary Content Requirements
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
Pre-Professional Studies
EDA 205Introduction to Education3
EDC 241Psych: Child Devel Practicum1
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
Select 3 credit hours from DDC Upper Level Writing (EDC 442, EXPS 420 or ENGL 327 recommended)3
Total Credit Hours57

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours from the following:

EDC 401Introduction to LD3
EDN 403Assessment of the Learner3
EDN 404Assessment Practicum1
EDN 401Strategies for LD3
EDN 402Socio-vocational Transitions3
PDED 405Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
EDC 417Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDT 430Assistive Technology3
EDD 413LD Elem Directed Teaching2
EDD 420LD Sec Directed Teaching2
EDN 408LD Directed Teaching Seminar2
Total Credit Hours31

Program Notes:

  1. All College of Education, Health, and Human Services undergraduate students are required to take the Composition Placement Test by the end of the first semester they are enrolled in classes.
  2. Students transferring in COMP 105 or COMP 106, but receiving the prescription of 099 from the Composition Placement Test, must complete COMP 227 before taking EDD courses.
  3. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  4. For admission to Phase III of the teacher certification program, passing scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (passing score of 480) and in Mathematics (passing score 530) are required.  The SAT must have been passed on or after March 5, 2016.
  5. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  6. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  7. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  8. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  9. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.  See http://umdearborn.edu/696973/ for details. 

Professional Requirements

The professional sequence of education courses consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of credit. This concentration of study represents the core of your professional preparation. At least two practicums are required prior to student teaching. The semester hours are distributed as follows:

EDA 340Foundations of American Ed (Multicultural Education)3
Multicultural Education
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 460Educating the Exceptional Chld3
Methodologies (See Note #1 below)
EDD 452Methods of Teaching Math K-83
EDD 468Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd 13
EDD 467Practicum in Reading Instruct 11
EDD 471Reading Instr: Models and Meth 13
EDD 485Teach Science in the Elem Grd3
EDD 495Social Studies in the Elem Grd3
EDD 491Soc Std Elem Grades Practicum1
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch12
EDD 437Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds1
Total Credit Hours42


  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially admitted to and in good academic standing in the Teacher Certification Program at UM-Dearborn.  See Four-Phase Checklist for more information.
  2. Eligibility for directed teaching requires meeting all the requirements listed on the Four-Phase Checklist as well as submission of passing scores from the MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) subject area test: Elementary Education (#103).
  3. Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.