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Elementary Teacher Certification (Special Education Endorsement)

During 2007-08, the Michigan State Board of Education approved new standards. Prospective elementary candidates who wish to earn a special education endorsement will need to meet with a special education advisor in the College of Education to plan their course of study.

In addition to degree requirements, special education candidates must complete the CSAT major, elementary special education major, special education core curriculum, and endorsement 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 (except SAT 495). In addition, they must complete PSY 325, PSY 304, EDF 315, PSY 310 and/or PSY 326.

Apply to the College of Education by February 1 for fall admission.

1. Requirements for the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) Major

The 46-credit CSAT major must be planned with the student's CSAT advisor. It consists of the following courses:

Language Arts



Social Studies

and ONE of the following:

Integrated Science

World Languages

Fine Arts

Health and Physical Education



2. Requirements for the Certificate: Elementary Special Education Major

At least one field semester must be done in a multicultural setting. Special education candidates must meet with their advisors for the exact sequence of courses.

Prerequisite courses - take first:

Special education major courses:

Requirements for the core curriculum in special education:

3. Requirements for Special Education Endorsements

Michigan elementary teacher certification with special education endorsements allows the holder to teach the special education endorsement areas in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also permits teaching any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade or any subject in kindergarten through eighth grade in self-contained classrooms.

Cognitive Impairment (CI)
Early Childhood (ZS)
Emotional Impairment (EI)
Learning Disabilities (LD)

The following combinations are possible:

Special Education Courses

Cognitive Impairment (CI)

Emotional Impairment (EI)

Provisional Certificate

The following are taken in the graduate special education program as part of the initial Provisional Certificate:

Early Childhood (ZS):

(Student receives approval in ECDD and the Early Childhood ZS endorsement).

Students planning to complete the master's degree in early childhood (ZS) program should meet with their graduate advisor for a planned program.

Learning Disabled (LD):

(The following program is designed to provide a paid school year teaching internship).

Students planning to complete the master's degree in learning disabilities should meet with their graduate advisor for a planned program.

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