Sep 26, 2021  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Specialist of Arts in Special Education (SP)

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The Special Education Department offers a Specialist of Arts degree designed to prepare highly qualified leadership personnel in two general areas of study:

  1. Administration and supervision of special education programs; and
  2. Curriculum development/assistive technology.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs support inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society. In addition, the master’s level programs in the Department of Special Education produce professionals with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver a continuum of habilitative/rehabilitative services to persons with special needs, and to their families, within a diverse society.

Admission Requirements:

The graduate student seeking admission to this degree program is required to:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Possess a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum 3.3 GPA;
  3. Have three years of documented professional experience in special education;
  4. Have an endorsement in one area of special education;
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation to include one letter verifying three years of successful professional experience in special education, and one letter from a faculty member or other person knowledgeable of candidate’s academic competence;
  6. Have a successful personal interview;
  7. In the case of International students, provide a score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Department Information:

Special Education - College of Education

Janet Fisher, Ed.D.
Department Head

128 Porter
(734) 487-3300

Department Website

Derrick Fries, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

106 Porter
(734) 487-2720

Advisor Information:

John Palladino, Ph.D.

128 Porter
(734) 487-3300

Derrick Fries, Ph.D.

128 Porter
(734) 487-3300

Program Requirements:

The program requirements for the Specialist of Arts degree include:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 33 hours beyond the master’s degree;
  2. Achievement of an overall GPA of 3.3 (B+) or better;
  3. Recommendation from the Specialist’s degree committee for continuance in the program. This is to be done upon completion of 12-15 hours of course work, and before internship and thesis or independent study. The committee will consider GPA, faculty recommendations, demonstrated competence in academic and professional work, and rate of progress in the program. Students must demonstrate behaviors that indicate stability, maturity, understanding and aptitude as judged necessary for predicted success as a Specialist in special education administration/curriculum;
  4. Successful completion of an internship;
  5. Achievement of passing scores on oral and written examinations near the completion of the program; and
  6. Completion of all other requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Exit Criteria:

Criteria are to meet all the objectives listed previously for graduate study in special education, as demonstrated by successful completion of:

  1. All course work in program of study (minimum GPA of 3.3);
  2. Approved internship;
  3. Thesis or independent study; and
  4. Oral and written examinations.

Student Teaching, Practicum or Internship Application

Degree Requirements: 41 hours

Concentration Courses: 13 hours

Select from either option I or option II:

Option I: Administrative Strand (SPAD)

Thirteen hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Option II: Curriculum/Assistive Technology Strand (SPCD)

Thirteen hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Culminating Experience: 8 hours

Required by all specialist’s degree candidates:

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