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Special Education Programs

Do you have a place in your heart for children and youth with special needs? If so, a career as a special education teacher may be for you. The demand for special education teachers is increasing faster than most education positions. Job prospects are excellent and many schools report problems finding certified special education teachers. Eastern Michigan University is a long-time leader in innovative special needs training, having had one of the first programs in the nation (1914).

High Quality, Personally Focused

At Eastern, your classes are primarily taught by full-time faculty. Graduates of the program have won numerous local, state and national awards with many being named teacher of the year. Classes are small; typically 15–25 students. We focus on helping form future leaders in special education and can provide significant support for those interested in doing research in the field even as undergraduates.

Undergraduate tuition is the same affordable cost regardless of the state from which you come. The College of Education and the department of Special Education also offers many scholarships to students in our programs.


You can choose from multiple options of exceptionality areas. Two areas in particular demand right now are autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. You can specialize in:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical and Other Health Impairment
  • Speech and Language Pathology
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