Elementary Teacher Certification (Special Education Endorsement)
Prospective elementary candidates who wish to earn a special education endorsement will need to meet with advisors in the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) Major and in the College of Education to plan their course of study.
Michigan elementary teacher certification with special education endorsements allows the holder to teach the special education endorsement areas in kindergarten through twelfth grade (cognitive impairment to age 26). It also permits teaching any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade or any subject in kindergarten through eighth grade in self-contained classrooms.
In addition to degree requirements, special education candidates must complete the CSAT Major, Special Education Major, special education core curriculum, and requirements for two endorsements. Prior to beginning in the College of Education, students are expected to complete all courses in general education and the major. In addition, they must complete EDF 315, PSY 325, PSY 304, PSY 310 and/or PSY 326.
1. Requirements for the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) Major
The 46-credit CSAT major must be planned with the students CSAT advisor. It consists of the following courses:
MTH 221 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I Credits: 4AND
MTH 222 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II Credits: 3;OR
MTH 223 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III Credits: 5
Health and Physical Education
PSY 301 - Child Development Credits: 3
2. Requirements for Special Education Major
Prior to admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education (12/15 credits)
EDF 315 - Diverse Perspectives on Education Credits: 3
PSY 325 - Educational Psychology Credits: 3
PSY 304 - The Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child Credits: 3
PSY 310 - Behavior Modification Credits: 3 AND/OR
PSY 326 - Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Credits: 3
Candidates must complete the following special education major courses after admissions to the College of Education (27 credits)
EDF 310 - Organizing and Managing Classroom Environments Credits: 3
EDR 320 - Reading: Assessment and Instruction Credits: 3
EDS 332 - Methods and Strategies of Special Education Teaching Credits: 5
EDF 485 - The Context of Educational Issues Credits: 3
Requirements for the Core Curriculum in Special Education (9 credits)
EDS 361 - Principles, Processes, and Methods in Special Education Credits: 3
EDS 495 - Diagnostic and Interpretive Procedures Credits: 3
3. Requirements for Special Education Endorsements
The following combinations are possible:
Cognitive Impairment (CI) (18 credits)
Emotional Impairment (EI) (18 credits)
The following are taken in the graduate special education program as part of the initial Provisional Certificate:
Early Childhood (ZS) replaces the previous ZA/ECDD program reflecting new standards approved September 9, 2008. These standards reflect the knowledge and skills identified to teach children from birth to age 8 in general education settings, as well as significant knowledge and skills for teaching children with disabilities. The revised standards led to a new endorsement name, Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education). This change in the endorsement was approved by the State Board of Education October 12, 2010.
With these new changes, student receives Early Childhood (ZS) approval and the Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education) endorsement.
Students planning to complete the Masters Degree will follow the new Early Childhood - General and Special Education (ZS) program. For more about the program, students should meet with their graduate advisor.
Learning Disabilities (LD)
(The Following program is designed to provide a paid school year teaching internship).
Students planning to complete the Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities should meet with their graduate advisor for a planned program.