Oct 14, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Special Education Major K-12 Hearing Impairment Endorsement - Elementary

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Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for K-12 endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Hearing Impairment. This program of study meets all requirements of the Council for Exceptional Children. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #062, “Hearing Impairment.” Students select Secondary or Elementary Teacher Certification. Students selecting Elementary Certification must complete a second major in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education. In addition, those selecting Elementary Certification must pass the “Elementary Education” certification test, #083.

Registration for the first course in the hearing impaired sequence (SPHI 228 ) is by permission only. If there is greater demand for enrollment than availability of places in the class, program faculty will determine who receives permission. Grade point average will be the primary criterion. It is essential to see an adviser in the hearing impairment program in order to begin the program sequence.

All students are considered provisional majors until such time as they successfully complete SPHI 391 .

The basic philosophy of the program is oral communication; however, students are exposed to manual communication during their course of study.

Students are required to regularly meet with their program area faculty adviser to expedite their program of study.

Certification for Teachers of the Hearing Impaired
The Council on Education of the Deaf issues certificates to individuals who satisfactorily complete training programs at approved teacher preparation centers. Eastern Michigan University has been an approved center for training teachers of the hearing impaired since 1967.

Special Education Department Information:

Department Head: Phil Smith
Department Contact: psmith16@emich.edu
Web site: http://www.emich.edu/coe/sped/

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Adviser Information:

Program Adviser: Linda Polter
Email: lpolter1@emich.edu
Phone: 734.487.3300

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Major Requirements: 51 hours

* PHED 257  and SPGN 491  are considered major requirements although they are listed in the professional sequence.

Liberal Arts Major Requirements - Special Education: 42 hours

** Error in Catalog: HIST 313 , and either ENGL 307  or RDNG 240  were incorrectly listed as required courses for the Liberal Arts Major Requirements. This are not required courses for students seeking Special Education endorsements. See corrected Liberal Arts Major Requirements - Special Education list below.

Twelve of the required courses can fulfill General Education requirements

Some of the courses listed below may also be listed in other areas of the program but only need to be taken once.

Professional Elementary Education Sequence - Special Education

Pre-Admission Phase: The Learner and the Community: 8 hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

Phase I: Curriculum, Assessment, and the Social Context: 15 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Admission Phase and formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program is required.

One of the following:

** Error in Catalog: PRCT 304  was incorrectly listed as a required course for the Professional Sequence - Phase I requirements. Instead, students must take one of the following courses:

Phase III: Capstone Experience: 4 or 16 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Phase II is required.

** Error in Catalog: This course is not required for students taking the Special Education Major K-12 Speech/Language Pathology Endorsement - Elementary.

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


* Admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program required.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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