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 as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (SK). This program of study meets all requirements of the Council for Exceptional Children. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #061, “Visual Impairment.” Students may 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 MTTC “Elementary Education” certification test, #103.
Students are required to regularly meet with their program area faculty advisor to expedite their program of study.
Special Education Department - College of Education
Janet Fisher, Ph.D., Department Head
128 Porter Bldg
Tsai-Ping (Alicia) Li
128M Porter Bldg.
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.
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
- If Secondary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR) , one lab science, all professional education courses, and, if special education, PSY 101 .
- If Elementary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , MATH 108 , MATH 110E , PHY 100 , ESSC 202 , all of the professional education courses, all courses that state “for elementary teachers,” and, if special education, PSY 101 .
- Official Test Scores showing competency in each of the following areas: mathematics, reading and writing. Scores are accepted from the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), Basic Skills Test (no longer offered), ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The following scores are acceptable:
- Mathematics: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT mathematics 22 or higher, or MME mathematics 1116 or higher.
- Writing: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT combined English/writing 24 or higher, or MME writing 1129 or higher.
- Reading: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT reading 22 or higher, or MME reading 1108 or higher.
- 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:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
- A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.
Major Requirements: 46 hours
* PHED 257 and SPGN 491 are considered major requirements although they are listed in the professional sequence.
K-12 Special Education Core: 26 hours
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment Endorsement: 20 hours
Students combining the Liberal Arts in Elementary Education with Special Education Major who take and pass the elementary certification test but are not immediately successful in taking their disability specific test are still eligible for recommendation for the elementary certification.
Liberal Arts Major Requirements - Special Education: 42 hours
✧ 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.
Phase II: Content and Methods and Teaching: 15 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Phase I is required.
Phase III: Capstone Experience: 16 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Phase II is required.
Criteria for continuance in a program of study in the Department of Special Education is dependent upon
Maintenance of a 2.5 GPA.
Maintenance of a 2.5 GPA in major courses in program of study.
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.
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.
This program does not require a minor.
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).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- 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.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits 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 conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- 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 reached 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
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.
University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.