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Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities (LD)


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Students accepted into the graduate program in learning disabilities may elect a teaching endorsement and a master of arts degree. The learning disability endorsement is K-12.

Model
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 the master of arts in learning disabilities program in the Department of Special Education is required to:

  1. Possess valid Michigan teacher certification;
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation to include one letter verifying professional competence and one letter from a faculty member or other person knowledgeable of candidate’s academic competence;
  3. Achieve acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination;
  4. Have a successful personal interview, if requested, with an assigned adviser;
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, describing why the applicant would like to pursue graduate studies in the area of learning disabilities and how he/she hopes to benefit from these studies; and
  6. In the case of International students, provide a score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Program Requirements
The graduate student seeking a master of arts degree in learning disabilities through the Department of Special Education must:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 37 hours of approved graduate credit as outlined on an approved master’s degree program that has been planned with a program adviser;
  2. Successfully complete an approved master’s degree program that has been planned with a special education graduate adviser;
  3. Successfully complete a competency examination at 90 percent or better.
  4. Have on file with an adviser two evaluations of teaching effectiveness/professional competence. These evaluations are to be completed by supervisors/administrators in public or private schools at the conclusion of the internship experience;
  5. Successfully complete a supervised practicum experience;
  6. Successfully complete the degree requirements within six years of enrolling for the first class applicable to the degree program; and
  7. Meet all other requirements of the Graduate School.

Exit Requirements
Exit criteria include demonstration of acceptable levels of performance in the following areas:

  1. Ability to carry out suitable procedures for assessment of listening, thinking, talking, reading, spelling, writing, mathematics or other skill deficiencies;
  2. Ability to specify in behavioral terms instructional objectives that are appropriate to the skill needs and entry-level characteristics of an individual student;
  3. Ability to set up and maintain conditions and procedures of instruction suitable to the learning goals set for the individual student;
  4. Ability to assess instructional outcomes in terms of the student’s behavior change and use this data in the formulation of an on-going instructional plan adjusted to changed student conditions;
  5. Ability to use appropriate techniques with the student to help develop the self-management skills required for constructive social participation and independent learning; and
  6. Ability to function as a member of interdisciplinary teams and maintain effective liaison with parents and others working with the student.

Acceptable levels will be determined by course grades, GPA, competency examination, practicum evaluations and performance in research colloquium, including production at the end of practicum of a comprehensive written document which demonstrates the understanding, synthesis of knowledge and the practical applications of diagnostic-prescriptive planning for K-12 students with disabilities. This product is considered a culminating activity for the degree program.

Track A:


Graduate students who have earned a teaching certificate and an initial endorsement in an area of special education will be required to meet current admission standards, which include:

  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination;
  • A 2.5 undergraduate GPA;
  • A valid Michigan teaching certificate;
  • An endorsement in an area of Special Education;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A personal statement of purpose; and
  • Other Office of Graduate Studies and Research requirements as outlined in the catalog.

Upon completion of the program, a student in this track will have earned an M.A. degree and an endorsement in learning disabilities.

Course work for students in Track A consists of a minimum of 37 hours of core courses, methods courses, learning disability-specific courses and electives.

Track B


Graduate students with a teaching certificate, but no special education endorsement, will be admissible to the learning disabilities program if they meet the same requirements for admission as delineated in Track A, with the exception of the requirement for an initial endorsement in a special education area.

Upon completion of the program, students in this track will have earned a M.A. degree and an endorsement in learning disabilities.

    Course work for students in Track B consists of 15 hours of endorsement, plus 28 hours of core courses, methods area and research and learning disability courses. The total number of hours required for the degree is approximately 38. However, it varies from student to student.

Learning Disability Concentration: 6 hours


Program Total: Minimum of 37 hours


Notes:


*Must be taken for graduate credit.

**The credit hours earned taking this course will show up on the student transcript, however, since this is a prerequisite for one of the required graduate courses these credits will not be included in the required hours needed to complete this program.

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