Sep 21, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Special Education Teaching Endorsement [Graduate Certificate]

This Graduate Certificate in Special Education Teaching Endorsement program is for special education teachers who want to earn a second or third special education endorsement but do not want to pursue a master’s degree path. This program offers five endorsement areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, or Physical/Other Health Impairment.

This program is not for anyone seeking an initial special education endorsement.

Program Admission

Admission Criteria

Admission Process

Students may apply to the program year-round by completing a Graduate School application. The Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is notified after a student’s application to the Graduate School is received. Students may begin classes as soon as they are accepted, provided the desired course(s) is/are not already underway (e.g., mid-semester).

Department Information

Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders | David Winters, Ph.D., Department Head | 128 Porter, 734.487.3300,

Derrick Fries, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator | 106 Porter, 734.487.3300,

Contact the Graduate Coordinator for information concerning admissions and programs of study.

Advisor Information

Please contact the department for advisor information.

Program Requirements

Students must

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 20 hours of approved graduate credit as outlined below and planned with a program advisor;
  • Successfully complete a supervised practicum experience;
  • Successfully complete the degree requirements within six years of enrolling for the first class applicable to the degree program; and
  • Meet all other requirements of the Graduate Certificate Program.

Degree Requirements: 20 hours

Students will complete 20 hours from the following

Endorsement Area Courses: 12 hours

Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate Special Education Endorsement program will elect a K-12 teaching endorsement in one of the following areas: