Graduates from the undergraduate Special Education Program are prepared to be competent, caring and reflective educators who are certified to teach K-12 students with learning disabilities.

The program consists of academic study, professional preparation and field experience to provide graduates with pedagogical and content-specific knowledge, readying them to work with special education students. Throughout the program, undergraduates also gain the experience they need to apply technology to the 21st century classroom.

With successful completion of the program, graduates earn their bachelor’s degree and the faculty’s recommendation for a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Provisional Certificate with the Learning Disabilities Endorsement (SM).

    • Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas (teaching major(s) and/or minor(s)).
    • Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
    • Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.
  • Elementary (K-8) Certification Bachelor's Degree Requirements

    Grade Point Averages:
    Degree completion requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, minimum 2.75 in the major, minimum 2.75 in any optional declared minor and minimum 2.75 in the professional sequence.

    Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements:
    Minimum number of credit hours required to graduate is 128.

    Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements:
    The Bachelor of Science degree is available to students seeking a teaching certificate with a major in science or math, who have earned 60 or more credit hours in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science or any combination of these, with at least 20 of these credit hours in upper division (junior/senior level) courses. Minimum number of credit hours required to graduate is 128.

  • Secondary (Grades 6-12) Certification Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

    Minimum Grade Point Averages:
    Secondary certification candidates must attain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, minimum 2.75 in the teaching major, minimum 2.75 in the teaching minor and minimum 2.75 in the professional sequence.


    Degree Requirements:
    Secondary certification candidates complete their degree requirements through the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL). Completing a bachelor’s degree with secondary certification requires a minimum of 128 hours, however, it may take as many as 160+ credit hours to complete all necessary requirements.