The Special Education K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement 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 Learning Disabilities programs include BS options in Elementary or Secondary Special Education K-12 Learning Disabilities. Along with the liberal arts requirements, these programs lead to endorsement in Learning Disabilities (SM). Certified teachers can teach children with Learning Disabilities in K-12th grade classrooms.

  • Special Education K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement - Elementary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Learning Disabilities Endorsement - Elementary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to an elementary education teaching certificate with a Learning Disabilities (SM) endorsement.

    What You Will Learn

    You will gain an understanding of the theory of learning, from a neurological perspective, coupled with strong field experiences connecting theory to reality while studying elementary subjects. Emphasis will be on developing individual student profiles that involve assessment and analysis of both academic and processing skills. You will also acquire a wide repertoire of strategies for direct instruction of skills and collaboration with general education personnel to develop accommodations and modifications.

    Opportunities

    Certified elementary teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Learning Disabilities (SM) endorsement can teach in K-12 classrooms with children with learning disabilities. You will also be eligible to teach all subjects in grades K-5 and 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 Learning Disabilities Endorsement - Secondary [BS]

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

    What You Will Learn

    You will gain an understanding of the theory of learning, from a neurological perspective, coupled with strong field experiences connecting theory to reality. Emphasis will be on developing individual student profiles that involve assessment and analysis of both academic and processing skills. You will also acquire a wide repertoire of strategies for direct instruction of skills and collaboration with general education personnel to develop accommodations and modifications.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the Michigan Department of Education Learning Disabilities (SM) endorsement can teach classrooms with children with learning disabilities in K-12th grades. 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 this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • Requires 1 semester of student teaching in a general education elementary classroom and 1 semester in a special education setting
  • On campus
  • Teaching minor required

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