Adviser: Linda Polter, Ph.D.
The Department of Special Education offers a Master of Arts Degree with Teacher Certification (SEM-T) that encompasses the range and depth required to accommodate contemporary programs and service delivery systems. The program is designed to allow maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of individual students while maintaining the basic academic integrity implicit in a graduate program. Students in the SEM-T program earn a provisional teaching certificate in elementary education as well as an endorsement as a teacher of students with hearing impairment.
Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs foster development of educational inquiry, advocacy and leadership skills for a diverse ad democratic society. The master’s-level programs in the Department of Special Education produce professionals with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver a continuum of habilitative/rehabilitative services to persons with special needs, and to their families, within a diverse society.
Students must achieve a cumulative GOA of 3.0 as an undergraduate (including “last-half GPA”) or achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 but less than 3.0 and receive acceptable scores on the Graduation Record Examination (GRE) or achieve a GOA of 3.0 in 6-9 credit hours of relevant graduate level coursework (degree or non-degree) as determined by the Graduate Coordinator.
Students must submit a Personal Statement.
Students must submit two letters of recommendation.
Students must submit documentation of passing scores on the Michigan Test of Teacher Certification (MTTC-Basic Skills).
Program Requirements (All Areas of Exceptionality Except Speech-Language Pathology)
Graduate students seeking endorsements must:
Complete an appropriate program of study as planned with a graduate adviser for the program area;
Meet all other requirements of the Graduate School.
Exit criteria involve achievement of the objectives for graduate study in special education listed previously, as demonstrated by:
Successful completion of all course work on program (minimum GPA of 3.0);
Successful completion of required practicum/internship;
Successful completion of independent study or thesis project.