Elementary Certification Teaching Major - Learning Disabilities

As a learning disabilities major, you’ll train to be an educator who works capably and compassionately with students who have intellectual, social or behavioral challenges. Throughout the program, you’ll explore the newest methods for assisting learners with diverse needs, learn to use technology effectively in the 21st-century classroom, and complete multiple field experiences that put you side-by-side with students in local schools.

Plus, this bachelor’s degree comes with a faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate with the Learning Disabilities Endorsement.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours from the following:

EDC 401Introduction to LD3
EDN 403Assessment of the Learner3
EDN 401Strategies for LD3
EDN 402Socio-vocational Transitions3
PDED 405Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
EDC 417Mgmt of Classroom Behavior Also counts in Education Professional Studies3
EDC 240Psych of Child Development Also counts in Pre-Professional Studies3
EDT 430Assistive Technology3
EDD 413LD Elem Directed Teaching2
EDD 420LD Sec Directed Teaching2
EDN 408LD Directed Teaching Seminar2
Total Credit Hours30

Program Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  5. 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.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements. 

Professional Requirements

The professional sequence of education courses consists of a minimum of 43 semester hours of credit. This concentration of study represents the core of your professional preparation. At least one practicum is required prior to student teaching. The semester hours are distributed as follows:

EDA 340Foundations of American Ed3
or EDA 306 Foundations of Professionalism in Education
Multicultural Education
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 412Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn (required for Early Childhood majors)3
or EDC 417 Mgmt of Classroom Behavior
EDC 460Educating the Exceptional Chld3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
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 495Elementary Social Studies Methods3
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch10
EDD 437Seminar: Teaching Elementary Grades2
Total Credit Hours43

 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 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.
  3. Recommendations for teacher certification and additional endorsements require passing scores on the MTTC Elementary Education (#103) exam and other MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.