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Special Education Master’s Program with Elementary Certification - Cognitive Impairment (SMCE-SEM-T)

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The Special Education Department offers a Master of Arts Degree with Teacher Certification (SEM-T) that encompasses the range and depth required to accommodate contemporary programs and service delivery systems. The program is designed to allow maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of individual students while maintaining the basic academic integrity implicit in a graduate program. Students in the SEM-T program earn a provisional teaching certificate in elementary education as well as an endorsement as a teacher of students with cognitive impairment.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs foster development of educational inquiry, advocacy and leadership skills for a diverse and democratic society. 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:

Applicant must:

  • meet minimum Graduate School requirements
  • have taken the GRE
  • submit a Personal Statement
  • submit two letters of recommendation
  • submit documentation of passing scores on the Michigan Test of Teacher Certification (MTTC-Basic Skills)

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:

Students with Last Names A-J

Students with Last Names U-Z

Derrick Fries, Ph.D.

106 Porter
(734) 487-2720

Jacquelyn McGinnis, Ph.D.

128 Porter
(734) 487-2759

Students with Last Names K-T

Please contact the department for advising assistance.

Program Requirements:

Graduate students seeking endorsements must:

  1. Complete an appropriate program of study as planned with a graduate advisor for the program area;
  2. Meet all other requirements of the Graduate School.

Exit Requirements:

Exit criteria involve achievement of the objectives for graduate study in special education listed previously, as demonstrated by:

  1. Successful completion of all course work on program (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  2. Successful completion of required practicum/internship;
  3. Successful completion of independent study or thesis project.


Students in the SEM-T program must complete the requirements for a provisional certificate in elementary education as well as those for endorsement in special education. Students selecting Elementary Certification must complete the requirements of the Liberal Arts Major for Elementary Education. In addition, those selecting Elementary Certification must pass the “Elementary Education” certification test, #083.

A description of the initial Cognitive Impairment endorsement sequence follows. Endorsement sequences for those already endorsed in one area of special education, but seeking additional endorsement(s), consist of different courses than listed here. Students should consult the appropriate graduate advisor.

An initial endorsement sequence generally consists of the following core special education classes, plus the specialty classes required by the specific program area. Students with teaching certificates are admitted to the professional preparation program at the time of admission to the graduate program in Special Education.

Courses Required for Initial Endorsement:

Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairment (SMCE):

Endorsement with Core Course Total: 50 hours


* These courses require formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program.

Curriculum Information:

Courses in General Education

Undergraduate transcripts will be reviewed to determine completion of hours to be credited toward meeting a required 40 hours of general or liberal education. Additional course work may be necessary to meet this 40-hour requirement.

Endorsement/Approval Sequence

Students must be free from any probation, administrative or academic, before an internship or practicum experience is approved. The endorsement sequence is independent from a degree program. Completion of the minimum degree requirements does not guarantee endorsement and the completion of endorsement requirements do not result in the awarding of a degree. It is important for SEM-T students to meet with their graduate advisor to develop a program of study to meet certification, endorsement and degree requirements.

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