Master of Education in Special Education


The Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education with a Concentration in Learning Disabilities prepares K-12 teachers for leading effective differentiated instruction for students with learning disabilities. Teachers who hold a valid Michigan Elementary or Secondary teaching certificate can become highly qualified and add the SM endorsement by successfully completing the M.Ed. in Special Education and passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the area of Learning Disabilities (SM).


Admission Process

Application for program admission is made through the Marygrove College Office of Recruitment and Enrollment. Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and must hold an Elementary or Secondary Michigan Teaching Certification.

Candidates with at least two years teaching experience are preferred, but teachers who have recently begun teaching will be considered with submission of positive letters of recommendation from school supervisors with whom they have worked.

Student Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements explained in the “Graduate Admissions” section of this catalog, for program acceptance all applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teaching supervisors.

All candidates will be interviewed by the Special Education Faculty Program Coordinator, and must complete a writing sample on campus for Program acceptance consideration. 

Transfer Credit

Most courses that are eligible for transfer are offered through Marygrove College. Because the program is offered without electives, transfer of courses from another institution is unlikely. However, a request for consideration of transfer of graduate credit from another institution may be made as part of the application process. To be considered, courses need to have been completed within the last four years. Such requests must be made in writing at the time of application. All requests for transfer must include:

  1. An official transcript; 
  2. Course description and syllabus from the credit-granting college or university. 

Program Application Checklist

  1. Completed application, including signature and date
  2. Official transcript(s) received directly from the college or university attended with grades posted for ALL undergraduate and graduate courses.
  3. Copy of teaching certificate
  4. Faculty interview
  5. Marygrove College Education Department Writing Assessment

Application Deadlines

This program may only be started in Summer or Fall Terms. 

The application deadline for Summer term, which starts in May, is the first Wednesday in April. 

The application deadline for the Fall term, which starts in September, is the first Wednesday in August.  

Interviews and Writing Assessments take place during the two weeks following the application deadline. All requirements and supporting documentation must be completed by the application deadline.


To complete the Master’s Degree, students must complete 40 credits of approved coursework including a Pre-professional Practicum, three one credit Seminar courses, and a Special Education student teaching placement.

Pre-requisites or equivalent (9 credits) 

[If needed, courses will be added to program requirements]

EDU 351 Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (3)

EDU 352 Assessment & Differentiation (3)

EDU 353 Designing & Managing Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners (3)                                 

Required Core Courses (15 credits)

SED 556 Language Development and Disorders (3)

SED 565 Teaching Students with Disabilities (3)

SED 570 Students with Disabilities: School, Family and Community Interaction (3)

SED 573 Assistive Technology in Special Education (3)

SED 575 IEP Development (3)

Up to nine graduate credits of core requirements can be transferred into the program with documentation of equivalency. 

Learning Disabilities Concentration (18 credits)

SED 555 Pre-professional Practicum in Learning Disabilities (3)

SED 567 Teaching Writing to Students with Disabilities (3)

SED 625 Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities (3)

SED 564 Characteristics of Students with Learning Disabilities (3)

SED 650 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities (3)

SED 601 Seminar in Learning Disabilities I (1)                        

SED 602 Seminar in Learning Disabilities II (1)

SED 603 Seminar in Learning Disabilities III (1)

Capstone Requirements (7 credits)

EDU/EDL 602 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

SED 699 Student Teaching in Learning Disabilities (4)

Financial Aid Available

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