Special Education Overview

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General Information
This program is designed to prepare candidates to meet the educational needs of a wide variety of children. To accomplish this, you will receive experiences in several key areas: educational psychology and human development, education of culturally diverse and special needs populations, practical and sequential experiences in the schools, teaching methodology, and a strong liberal arts education. Marygrove’s Special Education program will provide a strong foundation in the knowledge, skills and dispositions considered foundational to all special education practitioners as well as those more specific to the area of learning disabilities.

Career Information
This program combines regular elementary or secondary teaching certification with a K-12 endorsement in learning disabilities.

Bachelor of Arts, Special Education; Learning Disabilities Major (B.A.)
After completion of the special education major, you qualify for teaching certification and an endorsement in Learning Disabilities (SM). Graduates are also required to pass
the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exams. This provisional certificate identifies you as a specialist in the field and makes you a marketable applicant when seeking a teaching position.

Learning Disabilities Endorsement (SM)
Teachers who already hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate can add the SM endorsement by completing the courses in the endorsement sequence. The State of Michigan grants the endorsement after successful completion of coursework and the Michigan Test for Teaching Certification in the areas of Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.

Planned Program for Professional Certification
Teachers who require a planned program for professional certification may complete an 18 hour planned program in special education. Candidates may select a minimum of 12 hours of coursework from Special Education (SED) courses and six credit hours of coursework from Education (EDU) courses. SED courses completed in a planned program may be counted toward the Special Education Endorsement.

Special Elements of the Program
Academic Performance

A grade point average of 2.7 is required.

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