Sep 24, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Special Education Major K-12 Speech/Language Pathology Endorsement - Elementary

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The professional entry-level credential in speech-language pathology is the master’s degree in the field.

Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, with respect to K-12 teacher licensure, satisfies the undergraduate portion of the requirements for the professional entry-level credential at the master’s degree level. This program leads toward, but does not satisfy, the requirements for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for K-12 endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Impairment, certification code SB, and Michigan Provisional Elementary Teaching Certificate. This program of study meets all requirements of the Council for Exceptional Children and of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field are Elementary Certification tests #103 and #104 and MTTC #057, “Speech and Language Impairment.  Students are required to regularly meet with their program area faculty adviser to expedite their program of study.

Certificate in Speech Pathology
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association issues Certificates of Clinical Competence to individuals who present satisfactory evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of communication (speech, language and/or hearing). An individual who meets these requirements may be awarded a Certificate in Speech Pathology or in Audiology, depending upon the emphasis of his or her preparation. Note: The program at Eastern Michigan University prepares individuals to meet the requirements in speech pathology only. Specific requirements may be obtained from the advisers in speech pathology.

Note:  Students must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to be admitted into and take SPSI courses.

Special Education Department Information:

Department Head: Phil Smith
Department Contact:
Web site:

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Adviser Information:

Advisers are assigned by student’s last two digits of EID.

00-33: Carole Gorenflo

34-66: Ronald Hoodin

67-99: Lidia Lee

Phone Number for Advisers: 734.487.3300

General Education Requirements:

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

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

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