You have been a witness in the classroom to the difference education makes in the lives of students. Your passion, dedication, and drive to make a difference in the lives of students are beyond question. It is the characteristics of competence and caring that enhance your teaching in special education settings, as well as in the general education classroom. You believe that all students, including students with special needs, can learn and be successful. These same ideals are the foundation of UM-Flint’s Special Education program.
- Choose to specialize in Learning Disabilities (SM endorsement) or Cognitive Impairments (SA endorsement), and master skills in assessment, program planning, and behavioral and instructional methods.
- Practicum experiences in both elementary and secondary settings.
- The program is aligned with Michigan Special Education Teacher Standards and is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
- Master's degree or endorsement-only options:
*Full Master of Arts in Education – 36 credits
*First endorsement in Special Education (without MA) – 33 credits
*Second Special Education Endorsement – minimum 20 additional credits
Note: The endorsement program in Special Education can be pursued as part of the master's program in Special Education or independently. However, to qualify for federal financial aid (including loans), one must be enrolled in the master's program.
- Full-time teachers can successfully complete their required placements within the scope of the program.
- Convenient class times for working professionals.
- You will learn from faculty who are at the forefront of trends in education. Learning directly from these experts, you will be at a distinct advantage.
- UM-Flint Education faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability.
- The program prepares you to add a K-12 Learning Disabilities (SM) or Cognitive Impairment (SA) endorsement to your Michigan teaching certificate
- Core coursework will equip you with:
*a comprehensive understanding of Special Education in schools
*an examination of issues in teaching and learning as they apply to diverse learning needs
*insight into individuals with special needs from a developmental life-span perspective
*collaborative skills for school, family, and community
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools