The Special Education K-12 Cognitive or Emotional Impairment Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The Special Education K-12 Cognitive or Emotional Impairment programs include BS options in Elementary or Secondary Special Education K-12 Cognitive or Emotional Impairment. Along with the liberal arts requirements, these programs lead to endorsement in Cognitive Impairment (SA) or Emotional Impairment (SE). Certified teachers can teach children respective Cognitive or Emotional Impairment K-12th grade classrooms.

  • Special Education K-12 Cognitive Impairment Endorsement - Elementary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Cognitive Impairment Endorsement - Elementary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to an elementary education teaching certificate with a K-12 Cognitive Impairment (SA) endorsement. This major prepares you to successfully teach elementary aged students and youth with Cognitive Impairments throughout a variety of K-12 settings.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn the skills necessary for assessing, teaching and modifying instruction and curricula for students with Cognitive Impairment. This includes using research-based strategies to promote the development of language, reading, writing, spelling, calculating and thinking. Skill development continues as you learn to plan and implement instruction in a variety of settings and domains, using assistive technology to support students wherever and whenever it is needed. You will also learn how to develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with parents/families/caregivers, educators, administrators, consultants and community service providers.

    Opportunities

    Certified elementary teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Cognitive Impairment (SA) endorsement can teach in K-12 classrooms with children with cognitive impairments. You will also be eligible to teach all subjects in K-5th grade classrooms as well as 6-8th self-contained classrooms. As a student in this program you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • Special Education K-12 Cognitive Impairment Endorsement - Secondary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Cognitive Impairment Endorsement - Secondary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to a secondary education teaching certificate with a K-12 Cognitive Impairment (SA) endorsement. You will also choose a teachable minor

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn the skills necessary for assessing, teaching and modifying instruction and curriculum for students with cognitive impairments. This includes using research-based strategies to promote the development of language, reading, writing, spelling, calculating and thinking. Skill development continues as you learn to plan and implement instruction in a variety of settings and domains, using assistive technology to support students wherever and whenever it is needed. You will also learn how to develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with parents/families/caregivers, educators, administrators, consultants and community service providers.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Cognitive Impairment (SA) endorsement can teach in K-12th classrooms with children with cognitive impairments. You will also be eligible to teach 6-12th self grade classrooms in the subject area of your minor. As a student in this program, you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • Special Education K-12 Emotional Impairment Endorsement - Elementary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Emotional Impairment Endorsement - Elementary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to an elementary education teaching certificate with an Emotional Impairment (SE) endorsement. This major prepares you to successfully teach elementary students and youth with emotional impairments throughout K-12 settings, including day and residential treatment programs.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn the skills necessary for designing, implementing, and monitoring academic, behavioral, and mental health interventions that allow youth with internalizing and externalizing behavioral impairments to succeed in educational settings as well as transition to independent adult living. Students develop collaboration skills necessary for team-based decision making, including interactions with community agencies involved in supporting youth with emotional impairments and their caregivers.

    Opportunities

    Certified elementary teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Emotional Impairment (SE) endorsement can teach K-12 children with emotional impairments. You will also be eligible to teach all subjects in grades K-5 as well as grades 6-8 self-contained classrooms. As a student in this program, you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • Special Education K-12 Emotional Impairment Endorsement - Secondary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Emotional Impairment Endorsement - Secondary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to a secondary education teaching certificate with a K-12 Emotional Impairment (SE) endorsement. You will also choose a teachable minor.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn the skills necessary for designing, implementing, and monitoring academic, behavioral, and mental health interventions that allow youth with internalizing and externalizing behavioral impairments to succeed in educational settings as well as the transition to independent adult living. You will develop collaboration skills necessary for team-based decision making, including interactions with community agencies involved in supporting youth with emotional impairments and their caregivers.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Emotional Impairment (SE) endorsement can teach in K-12 classrooms with children with emotional impairments. You will also be eligible to teach grades 6-12 in the subject area of your chosen minor. As a student in this program you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for their major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • Requires a semester of student teaching in a general education elementary classroom and a semester in a special education setting.
  • On campus
  • No minor required

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