Special Education

Distribution Requirements

Required Courses
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
ENGL 327Advanced Exposition3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
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 2 credit hours2
Total Credit Hours56

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. 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 LD 13
EDN 403Assessment of the Learner 13
EDN 404Assessment Practicum 11
EDN 401Strategies for LD 13
EDN 402Socio-vocational Transitions 13
PDED 405Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
EDC 417Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDN 406Collaboration in the Classroom3
EDD 413LD Elem Directed Teaching2
EDD 420LD Sec Directed Teaching2
EDN 408LD Directed Teaching Seminar2
Total Credit Hours31

Completion with a grade of B or better is necessary before enrollment in EDD 413 and EDD 420.

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 Ed3
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 Hours39

 EDD 467 and EDD 471 are to be taken concurrently. Both require EDD 468 as a prerequisite.


  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially enrolled and in good academic standing in a certification program at UM-Dearborn (junior standing required) with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  2. A UM-Dearborn cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better is required overall for the Professional Sequence.
  3. Passing the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination is required.
  4. Eligibility for directed teaching requires passing scores from the MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) subject area test: Elementary certification (elementary education), Secondary certification (major and minor tests).
  5. Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.