May 27, 2018  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 

Special Education Major K-12 Hearing Impairment Endorsement - Elementary

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. Important Note: Starting October 2013 the Elementary Test #083 will be discontinued and replaced by two tests, #103 and #104.

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.

Special Education Department Information:

Interim Department Head: Philip Smith
Department Contact:

Adviser Information:

Program Adviser: Linda Polter
Phone: 734.487.3300

Important Note: Please see your adviser prior to selecting any general education courses not listed in the Liberal Arts Major below. Most students will need to add one U.S. Diversity course and one Humanities course.

General Education Requirements:

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

Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission

In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.

Each undergraduate student is responsible for applying to the teacher preparation program immediately after the semester in which the student has earned 56 credit hours. Transfer students with more than 56 credit hours should apply immediately after the semester in which they have earned 12 hours at EMU, including at least one course in their major. Students with 56 hours of transfer course work with a decision GPA of 3.0 may apply for admission to the teacher preparation program without 12 earned hours at EMU.

Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.

Applications for the Initial Teacher Preparation Program at EMU are available within your my.emich account under the “Student” tab. Submit your completed application to the Office of Academic Services once you have earned 56 credit hours.

Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.


  1. Completion of 56 credit hours

  2. Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:

    1. An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher. At least 12 of the 56 credit hours taken at EMU with an EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major (each of your majors if declaring a double major). You must complete at least one course in your major(s) in order to be eligible.

    2. Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.

  3. A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses:

    1. Secondary: ENGL 121  , CTAC 124 , quantitative reasoning, one lab science, all professional education courses, and, if special education, PSY 101 .

    2. Elementary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , MATH 108 , MATH 110E , PHY 100 , CHEM 101 , ESSC 202 , all of the professional education courses, all courses that state “for elementary teachers,” and, if special education, PSY 101 .

  4. Passing scores on all three sections of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Basic Skills Test (MTTC) (reading, mathematics, and writing). Official score report must be on file at Eastern Michigan University. 

  5. Personal statement about your experiences with youth/children and why you are going into teaching. This statement will be read for content, grammar, and punctuation.

  6. Completion of a Disposition Self Evaluation Form.

  7. ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:

    1. A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.

    2. A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.

  8. Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.


Major Requirements: 51 hours

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

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.

Phase III: Capstone Experience: 16 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Phase II is required.

Continuance Criteria

Continuance Criteria 

Criteria for continuance in a program of study in the Department of Special Education is dependent upon

  1. Maintenance of a 2.5 GPA.

  2. Maintenance of a 2.5 GPA in major courses in program of study.

  3. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better. Students will be required to retake any major course in which they earn a grade below C. A major course may be repeated only once.

  4. Demonstration of behaviors which indicate stability, maturity, understanding and aptitude as judged necessary for predicted success in the professional field of special education. Such qualitative judgments will be made by the department faculty.

The continuance or termination decision will be made by the faculty in the program area. Students may request a meeting with the faculty of a program area to apprise faculty of any extenuating circumstances that may aid faculty in arriving at a fair and equitable decision. The faculty decision will be final and will be transmitted to the student in writing by the department head.

Nothing in this department’s procedures will negate University or College of Education action for students on academic, administrative or social probation.

Termination from the Department

Students who fail to comply with the continuation criteria stated above will be notified in writing of their termination from the program. Students so notified have the right to appeal such termination through normal University channels. In some cases, a student will be required to meet with program area faculty for discussion of academic performance and continuation in the program.

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 credit 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 in 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