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    New program

    WMU to offer expedited Master of Arts in Special Education with Initial Teacher Certification fully online.

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    Earn a free combined certificate in Adapted Physical Education and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports with a master's degree fully online.

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    Scholarships available

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    CEHD alum engages students with beekeeping club.

The Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies offers undergraduate and graduate programs focused on preparation of educational professionals with expertise in meeting the needs of K–12 students with diverse abilities. Special education faculty offer a number of program options at the undergraduate, master and doctoral levels with an emphasis on the application of research-generated practices to improve students’ educational and post-school outcomes. Within each program area, faculty are engaged in research initiatives that enhance both student engagement and learning.

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    If you have questions about SPLS, concerns that you want to share, or good news about yourself, your academic program, or your student organization, please contact Dr. Protacio.

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View the SPLS scholarship and service activities during the 2022-23 academic year.