Special Education Major

Department: Special Education and Literary Studies
Major: Special Education Learning Disabilities K-12 and Elementary Education PK-3

This program offers an Accelerated Graduate Degree Program.

For catalog years 2021 and forward, the special education curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume teaching responsibilities in two certified Michigan Department of Education grade bands: lower elementary PK-3 and special education ­learning disabilities K-12. Candidates are also eligible to apply for the Accelerated Graduate Degree Program in special education master teacher to take 12 credits toward an endorsement in emotional impairments as part of their undergraduate degree.

For catalog years 2020 and prior, students with Western Michigan University's special education major can be certified to teach grades K-5 in all subjects, grades K-8 in all subjects when teaching in a self-contained classroom, and grades K-12 in special education with learning disabilities or emotional impairments.

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Content minors for catalog years 2005 to 2013