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Master of Arts in Special Education with Elementary Certification - Physical & Other Health Impairment (SMPE-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 standard teaching certificate in elementary education as well as an endorsement as a teacher of students with physical and other health impairments in addition to their Master of Arts Degree.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a culturally diverse society. In addition, the masters-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

To be considered for admission applicants must:

  • Meet minimum Graduate School requirements
  • Have taken the GRE
  • Submit a Personal Statement
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit official scores from the general SAT (if taken after March 1, 2016) with a Mathematics minimum sub-score of 530 and Evidenced- Based Reading and Writing minimum sub-score of 480. Scores from the MTTC Basic Skills Test, MTTC Professional Readiness Exam, ACT or Michigan Merit Exam may be used as well. See an advisor for details. 

Department Information

Special Education, College of Education

David Winters, Ph.D. | Department Head | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | david.winters@emich.edu

Derrick Fries, Ph.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 106 Porter | 734.487.2720 | dfries@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Jacquelyn McGinnis, Ph.D. | 128 Porter | 734.487.2759 | jmcginnis@emich.edu

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 standard 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 Physical & Other Health 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 Physical & Other Health Impairment (SMPE):

Endorsement with Core Courses Total: 60 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 of 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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