Special Education Major K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement
With almost 50% of all students receiving special education services for learning disabilities, a special education degree with a learning disabilities endorsement from Eastern Michigan prepares future teachers to more fully meet the needs of all students in their general education or special education classrooms as well as other educational and community institutions. In addition, teachers with a learning disabilities endorsement are in high demand in Michigan and many other states, with many job opportunities available to the program’s graduates.
During this undergraduate program, students gain a solid grounding in the theories of learning, human development, and characteristics of learning disabilities. Students put this foundational information into practice through course projects and field work that culminate in two student teaching experiences: one in a general education classroom and one in a learning disabilities placement.
Graduates in this program receive both teacher certification in general education (either elementary or secondary) and a special education endorsement in learning disabilities (Kindergarten – 12th grade). By integrating knowledge and skills needed for both general and special education, graduates from this program enter their careers with a robust collection of tools to use in helping their students reach their potential.
The LD Major
Completion of the Special Education Major K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement, within the context of other program requirements, qualifies students for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for a K-12 endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities. This program of study meets all requirements of the Council for Exceptional Children and has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #063, “Learning Disabilities.”
Students selecting Elementary Certification must complete a second major in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education. In addition, those selecting Elementary Certification must pass the MTTC “Elementary Education” certification test, #103.
Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for a Michigan Provisional Secondary Teaching Certificate with a K-12 endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities. Students selecting Secondary Certification must complete a teachable minor from the approved list and must pass the certification test for that minor in order to be recommended for endorsement in the minor field.