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University and College of Education Admissions

Students interested in majoring in Special Education – Learning Disabilities can declare this major when applying for university admission. Students also must apply to the College of Education and be formally admitted in order to complete their program. Typically, the application to the College of Education is submitted during their sophomore year.

Becoming Part of the Program

Special Ed Student Using Technology

After admission to the Teacher Preparation Program in Special Education-LD, students become more familiar with the procedures, people and policies of the program. Admitted students are assigned to the Elementary Team, which oversees the teacher education courses of TE 301, TE 401 and TE 402. In addition to the TE courses, Special Education-LD majors take courses in special education through the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEP 301, CEP 449, CEP 451 and CEP 452). Along with the professional education courses, students continue to take their other university and program requirements. Most of the professional education courses have an important field component through which students spend a certain number of hours a week in classrooms.

After completing the undergraduate part of the program and receiving the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities, students begin a one-year teaching internship. One semester is spent in a general elementary setting and the other semester is spent in a special education setting. After all undergraduate, internship and state of Michigan certification requirements are met, students are eligible to apply for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate.

Teacher candidates in the program are held to high academic and professional standards and are encouraged to fully participate in their classes and field placements as well as activities and organizations related to the field of education.

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