Degree or Program Details


Learning Disabilities

Program Requirements

Certified teachers may obtain an endorsement in learning disabilities (Code SM) by pursuing a master of arts in education degree with a concentration in learning disabilities (LD). Those not seeking the master of arts in education degree may elect to pursue the endorsement only. The faculty adviser will offer direction to the student in creating a plan for each program and, if applicable, evaluate undergraduate and graduate credits to determine equivalencies of any prior work.

Students entering this preparatory program are required to have taught for at least one year.

Courses listed below are required of all students seeking the master's degree in LD.

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Total Credits Required for Degree 34-40

Tier 1 Courses 12-15
    *Exempt if taken with prior endorsement and department approval 
Tier 2 Courses 14-17
    NOTE: All courses from Tier 1 must be completed before starting Tier 2 
    *Exempt if taken with prior endorsement and department approval 
Tier 3 Courses 4
    NOTE: All courses from Tier 1 and Tier 2 must be completed before starting Tier 3 
    NOTE: ED 568 and ED 569 must be taken during the same semester 
Capstone Project 2-4
     ED 599A Thesis ** (2-8 cr.)

*  Students who already satisfy these requirements, whether from undergraduate preparation or through another area of endorsement, would not be required to include them in their plan, and appropriate electives, if needed, would be substituted.

**These courses are not required for those seeking a LD endorsement only (33 credit hours).

Note: To obtain the additional endorsement in learning disabilities (K-12) from the State of Michigan, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in Learning Disabilities and file the appropriate application at www.michigan.gov/moecs.