Special Education

Western Michigan University's special education program will prepare you to teach students with learning disabilities and emotional or cognitive impairments at the elementary or secondary level. WMU's special education program is nationally approved by the Council for Exceptional Children. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a State of Michigan Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate (K-5) and an endorsement in one of the following areas:

  • Emotional Impairments-Learning Disabilities (K-12)
  • Cognitive Impairments-Learning Disabilities (K-12)

You will complete at least one minor, which may lead to an additional endorsement at either the elementary or secondary level in a specific academic content area.

Beyond the classroom

As a special education student at WMU, you will be required to complete a full semester internship under the mentorship of selected teachers in partnership schools and teacher educators from WMU. The internship is designed to prepare you not only for your role as a classroom teacher, but as a professional studying your own teaching practice, participating in site-based decision making and coordinating your work with teachers and other members of the school community. Both school and University faculty will work closely together to support and assist you as you progress through the semester.

You can also gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations, including the Student Education Association, Bigs on Campus, Kappa Delta Pi, the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in special education are working as:

  • Classroom teachers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Schools

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo