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Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities (LD)


Advisor (Students Last Names A-L): Loreena Parks, Sp.A..
128 Porter
734.487.2769
lparks1@emich.edu

Advisor (Students Last Names M-Z): Karen Schulte, Sp.A..
128 Porter
734.487.2780
kschulte@emich.edu

Students accepted into the graduate program in learning disabilities may elect a teaching endorsement in learning disabilities or, if a specified previous special education endorsement has been earned, a dual endorsement in learning disabilities and cognitive impairment or emotional impairment and a master of arts degree. The learning disability endorsement is K-12.

Model
Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs support inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society. In addition, 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.

Admission Requirements
The graduate student seeking admission to the master of arts in learning disabilities program in the Department of Special Education is required to:

  1. Possess valid Michigan teacher certification;

  2. Submit two letters of recommendation to include one letter verifying professional competence and one letter from a faculty member or other person knowledgeable of candidate’s academic competence;

  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.7 as an undergraduate (including “last-half GPA”) or 3.0 in graduate level coursework (degree or non-degree) or receive acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  4. Have a successful personal interview, if requested, with an assigned advisor;

  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, describing why the applicant would like to pursue graduate studies in the area of learning disabilities and how he/she hopes to benefit from these studies; and

  6. In the case of International students, provide a score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Program Requirements
The graduate student seeking a master of arts degree in learning disabilities through the Department of Special Education must:

  1. Successfully complete an approved master’s degree program that has been planned with a special education graduate advisor;

  2. Successfully complete a competency examination at 90 percent or better.

  3. Have on file with an advisor two evaluations of teaching effectiveness/professional competence. These evaluations are to be completed by supervisors/administrators in public or private schools at the conclusion of the internship experience;

  4. Successfully complete a supervised practicum experience;

  5. Successfully complete the degree requirements within six years of enrolling for the first class applicable to the degree program; and

  6. Meet all other requirements of the Graduate School.

Exit Requirements
Exit criteria include demonstration of acceptable levels of performance in the following areas:

  1. Ability to carry out suitable procedures for assessment of listening, thinking, talking, reading, spelling, writing, mathematics or other skill deficiencies;

  2. Ability to specify in behavioral terms instructional objectives that are appropriate to the skill needs and entry-level characteristics of an individual student;

  3. Ability to set up and maintain conditions and procedures of instruction suitable to the learning goals set for the individual student;

  4. Ability to assess instructional outcomes in terms of the student’s behavior change and use this data in the formulation of an on-going instructional plan adjusted to changed student conditions;

  5. Ability to use appropriate techniques with the student to help develop the self-management skills required for constructive social participation and independent learning; and

  6. Ability to function as a member of interdisciplinary teams and maintain effective liaison with parents and others working with the student.

Acceptable levels will be determined by course grades, GPA, competency examination, practicum evaluations and performance in research colloquium, including production at the end of practicum of a comprehensive written document which demonstrates the understanding, synthesis of knowledge and the practical applications of diagnostic-prescriptive planning for K-12 students with disabilities. This product is considered a culminating activity for the degree program.

Track A:


Graduate students who have earned a teaching certificate and an initial endorsement in an area of special education will be required to meet current admission standards, which include:

  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.7 as an undergraduate (including “last-half GPA”) or 3.0 in graduate level coursework (degree or non-degree) or receive acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);

  • A 2.5 undergraduate GPA;

  • A valid Michigan teaching certificate;

  • An endorsement in an area of Special Education;

  • Two letters of recommendation;

  • A personal statement of purpose; and

  • Other Office of Graduate Studies and Research requirements as outlined in the catalog.

Upon completion of the program, a student in this track will have earned an M.A. degree and an endorsement in Learning Disabilities.

Course work for students in Track A consists of a minimum of 37 hours of core courses, methods courses, learning disability-specific courses and electives.

Electives: 9 hours


  • Graduate courses approved by assigned advisor

Program Total: Minimum of 37 hours


Track B


Graduate students with a teaching certificate, but no special education endorsement, will be admissible to the learning disabilities program if they meet the same requirements for admission as delineated in Track A, with the exception of the requirement for an initial endorsement in a special education area.

Upon completion of the program, students in this track will have earned a M.A. degree and an endorsement in Learning Disabilities.

Coursework for students in Track B consists of 12 hours of endorsement, plus 28 hours of core courses, methods area and research and learning disability courses. The total number of hours required for the degree is approximately 38. However, it varies from student to student.

Program Total: Minimum of 37 hours


Notes:


* Must be taken for graduate credit.

** The credit hours earned taking this course will show up on the student transcript; however, since this is a prerequisite for one of the required graduate courses these credits will not be included in the required hours needed to complete this program.

Dual Endorsement Track


Graduate students who have earned a teaching certificate and an initial endorsement in specified areas of special education will be admissible to the learning disabilities program Dual Endorsement Track if they meet the same requirements for admission as delineated in Track A.

Upon completion of the program, students in this track will have earned a M.A. degree and an endorsement in Learning Disabilities and either Cognitive Impairment or Emotional Impairment. This program must be completed in its entirety (both Learning Disabilities and Cognitive/Emotional Impairment endorsements); if only one endorsement is desired, the student must follow the single endorsement program of study.

Coursework for students in the Dual Endorsement Track consists of a minimum of 41 hours (Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairment endorsements) or 45 hours (Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairment endorsements); total hours required for the degree varies from student to student. Possible deficiency courses will be determined by advisor.

Dual Endorsement: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairment


Program Total: Minimum of 41 hours


Dual Endorsement: Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairment


Program Total: Minimum of 45 hours


Extended Programs


This program is offered at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Special Education


The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.