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Special Education Online Masters Degree and LD Endorsement

The Master’s Degree with an endorsement in learning disabilities (LD) or Master’s degree only programs will prepare educators to teach individuals with LD in K-12 grade settings. Students will learn research-validated methods and evidence-based practices that they will apply in authentic contexts to foster deeper understanding and critical reflection. Collaboration and consultation skills are the cornerstone of the LD program.

Through a combination of completing the program requirements and successfully passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), students will meet the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an endorsement in LD.

Students will learn essential skills for teaching individuals with LD

Students will develop the pedagogical skills and instructional expertise to work with children and youth who exhibit learning disabilities. Students will connect theory, research, and practice to inform educational decisions. They will develop the communication, collaboration, and consultation skills that will enable them to work with children, youth, families, related service personnel, general educators, and community agencies to create, implement, and evaluate the highest quality programs possible. Students will attain the abilities to develop, implement, and interpret accountability and outcome-based reporting systems involving the thoughtful use of assessment data from multiple sources and to communicate this information in meaningful ways. Students will foster inclusive learning environments that support diverse learners and meaningful access to the curriculum through the use of assistive technology, instructional supports, and accommodations.

Application and Admissions Process

Program structure

There are a variety of program sequences an individual can take to obtain the MA degree and LD endorsement. These sequences depend on a student’s previous education and teaching certification.

Track

People who complete this track

Number of required credits

Typical Time to complete

1

Students who are former students of MSU's special education program and are seeking a MA Degree in special education w/out an endorsement

18 (+12 transferred from internship year)

1.5-2 years

2

Students who received their undergraduate degree at MSU in teacher education and are seeking a MA Degree in special education w/out an endorsement

24 (+6 transferred from internship year)

1.5-2 years

3

Students who received their undergraduate degree from an institution other than MSU and are seeking a MA Degree in special education w/out an endorsement

30

2 years

4

Students who received their undergraduate degree at MSU in teacher education and are seeking a MA degree in special education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities (LD).

30 (+6 transferred from internship year)

2 years

5

Students who received their undergraduate degree in teacher education from an institution other than MSU and are seeking a MA degree in special education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities (LD).

36

2-3 years

 

See the LD program courses and learn about the program faculty.

More Information

For more information about applying to the program, please contact Missy Davis, davisme@msu.edu. To learn more about the program and requirements, please contact Erin Hamilton, erinhami@msu.edu.