Courses Required for a Teaching Subject Major/Minor
Students may elect to pursue teaching certification; however, this is optional. Students choosing to do so must complete a teaching subject major or minor (20 to 24 hours). See the undergraduate catalog for approved minors. Note: This is a requirement if the student has not already completed a major or minor appropriate to the level of certificate sought during completion of the bachelor’s degree.
Courses Required for Endorsement:
Students must complete all special education core courses and course requirements for the specific program area (HI, EI, CI, POHI or VI) as listed in the following section regarding endorsement.
Certified teachers wishing to qualify for teaching in an area of special education may enroll in an endorsement sequence at the graduate level. (Those seeking both teacher certification and endorsement see the “Special Education Master’s Program with Teacher Certification [SEM-T]” section, which follows.) The first endorsement sequence for a teacher holding non-special education teaching credentials includes a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. The completion of the endorsement sequence will permit a student to teach in a specific area of disability in grades K-12. Each endorsement sequence accommodates the requirements established by the Michigan Department of Education.
Endorsements are available for Teachers of Students with Emotional Impairment, Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairment, Teachers of Students with Hearing Impairment, Teachers of Students with Physical Impairment and Other Health Impairment, and Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment. Endorsements are also available in the areas of Learning Disabilities (see program description), and Speech and Language Pathology, only as part of a master’s degree program.
Approval sequences are available in the areas of Supervisor of Special Education and Director of Special Education, and for Teachers of Physical Education for Students with Disabilities as well as Early Childhood Special Education Teachers. Course work in other departments (Educational Leadership; Teacher Education) is typically involved in completing these sequences.
Students must be free from any probation, administrative or academic, before an internship or practicum experience is approved. It is important for students to realize that the endorsement/approval sequence is independent of a degree program. The minimum degree requirements do not guarantee endorsement/approval, and the meeting of endorsement standards should not be construed as the completion of degree requirements.
Nine hours of approved 400-level courses may be upgraded and credited toward a master’s degree with adviser approval; otherwise, all undergraduate courses listed in endorsement sequences are considered undergraduate deficiencies and are not credited toward graduate degrees.