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University Requirements for the Degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities

Students pursuing a BA degree in Special Education and certification as an elementary teacher with a special education endorsement must complete University Integrative Studies and Writing Requirements, the Planned Program for Elementary Education, one of four Elementary Education Teaching Majors, a series of professional education courses and coursework for the special education endorsement.

University Integrative Studies and Writing Requirements

All undergraduate students at Michigan State University must complete University Integrative Studies and Writing requirements. Course selections are tailored to various majors.

Integrative Studies Requirement

To satisfy the University's requirement for 24 credits of Integrative Studies, elementary education students must complete:
  1. 8 credits in Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities
    • IAH A Course (IAH 201-209) -- 4 credits
    • IAH B Course (IAH 211-241)-- 4 credits

  2. 8 credits in Integrative Studies in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
    • 200-level ISS course (4 credits)
    • 300-level ISS course (4 credits)
    • Note: a 200-level ISS course is a prerequisite for the 300-level ISS course

  3. 8 credits in Integrative Studies in General Science
    • ISB course (3 credits)
      • Prerequisite or co-requisite: MTH 103
      • Integrated Science majors may substitute BS 111
    • ISP course (3 credits)
      • Prerequisite: MTH 103 or higher
      • Integrated Science majors may substitute CEM 141
    • Lab course taken concurrently with ISB or ISP course (2 credits)
      • Integrated Science majors may substitute BS 111L or CEM 161

  4. At least two Integrative Studies courses that emphasize diversity
    • one course designated "I" and one designated "N", or
    • one course designated "I" or "N" and one designated "D"
  5. "I" - emphasizes international and multicultural diversity
  6. "N" - emphasizes national diversity
  7. "D" - emphasizes both of above

Writing Requirement

To fulfill the University's writing requirement a student must:
  1. Complete a 4-credit Tier I  writing course from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures (WRA) formerly called ATL
  2. Complete the Tier II writing course approved for education and special education majors (TE 301)