Learning Disabilities (Level-Based)
Special education teachers use our expertise and creativity to create rich educational experiences for all our students — regardless of ability.
As a learning disabilities major, you’ll train to be an educator who works capably and compassionately with students who have intellectual, social or behavioral challenges. Throughout the program, you’ll explore the newest methods for assisting learners with diverse needs, learn to use technology effectively in the 21st-century classroom, and complete multiple field experiences that put you side-by-side with students in local schools.
Plus, this bachelor’s degree comes with a faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate with the Learning Disabilities Endorsement.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has revised Michigan’s teacher certification structure into 6 grade bands. CEHHS has submitted program proposals for our Birth through Kindergarten (B–K), Prekindergarten through Grade 3 (Pre-K–3), and Grades 3–6 grade band programs to the MDE. In addition, these same programs are working through the internal university curriculum approval process. Once approved, students will be able to apply for admission to these grade band programs starting in the Fall of 2022. Current elementary-certification students, and those admitted prior to Fall 2022, will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to determine if they should remain in the current certification program or switch to a new grade band program.
What will I Learn?
- Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas.
- Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
- Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.
Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Elementary Education - Learning Disabilities major and the requirements for the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate.
Making the Most of Your Major
There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Learning Disabilities beyond the classroom. Check out the Elementary Education - Learning Disabilities Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year plan of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.
Join a professional organization as a student member (e.g., Council for Exceptional Children, Association for Behavior Analysis, TASH, Learning Disabilities Association).
Participate in campus educational outreach activities.
Get Real World Experience
Seek summer employment at camps for students with disabilities; volunteer at the Special Olympics.
Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners.
Plan for Life After Graduation
Consider adding the English as a Second Language endorsement.
Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications.
General Program Information
CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)