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Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities

The Graduate Program in Learning Disabilities leads to a Master of Arts Degree and an endorsement in learning disabilities.  The specialized skills of program graduates are in high demand, and there are numerous job openings for program graduates in public, charter and private schools, as well as in other educational settings.  Graduates are well prepared to work with children, adolescents and adults who have learning disabilities or other mild disabilities such as attention deficit disorder.  Kindergarten – 12th grade student with learning disabilities comprise close to 50 percent of students receiving special education services, so teachers prepared to work with these students are always in high demand.

This program offers multiple courses of study, serving:

  • Graduate students with a previous endorsement in special education, and

  • Graduate students who have a teaching certificate but no previous endorsement in special education.

Students who have a previous endorsement in special education in either cognitive impairments or emotional impairments may take advantage of the Dual Endorsement Master of Arts Degree.  This enables students to complete a Master of Arts Degree in LD and earn two endorsements, either learning disabilities and cognitive impairments OR learning disabilities and emotional impairments.

  • Admissions

    Students seeking admission to the Graduate Program in Learning Disabilities are required to:

    • Possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate;
    • Meet Graduate School admission requirements including graduation from a regionally accredited college or university;
    • Submit two letters of recommendation, including one letter verifying professional competence and one letter verifying academic competence;
    • Submit a personal statement of purpose, describing why the applicant would like to pursue graduate studies in the area of LD and how he/she hopes to benefit from these studies;
    • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate or achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5, but less than 3.0, and receive acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); or earn a 3.0 GPA in 6 to 9 credit hours of relevant graduate level coursework as determined the Graduate Coordinator;
    • An interview may be required
  • FAQs
    1. How many credit hours is a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities?

    Although this depends on each student’s background, a minimum of 30 credit hours is required for this degree. Typically students are required to complete between 30 and 35 credit hours.

    2. How long does it take to complete this degree?

    Most of our students are currently teaching and only take classes on a part-time basis. The average time for degree completion is between 3 and 5 years, depending on how many classes students take each semester; some students are able to complete the program in 2 to 3 years. There is a 6-year time limit for degree completion.

    3. Are the classes offered online?

    A few of the required courses are offered as hybrid classes (some face-to-face and some online content). Most of our classes, however, are offered “face-to-face.” We believe this leads to a high quality education with close professional relationships developing between students and faculty. We also believe that the interaction with the other students in class are part of a quality learning experience.

    All of or classes are offered at night or on weekends during fall and winter semesters. Many of the classes are offered in “workshop format” during the summer – typically in blocks of one week.