Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

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Faculty Coordinator: 
Erica Ruegg, Ph.D
425F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2894

Director of Program Development:
Susan Martino
430K Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4415

M.Ed. in Special Education with EI concentration


The M.Ed. in Special Education focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality - learning, instruction and development - with regard to special populations, and is open to teachers and other professionals who work with individuals affected by emotional / behavioral challenges. Exploration of theory and research as well as advanced application in instruction and assessment with selected populations are integrated throughout. Individuals with Michigan teacher certification will complete courses required for the Michigan EI teaching endorsement within the degree.

Plan of Study

  • Degree: This degree is available to both teachers and non-teachers alike.
Exit Options
One of the following exit options must be completed:
  • Teachers: Practicum/Student Teaching   |    View Practicum Information
    A practicum is required for teachers seeking the EI Teaching Endorsement. In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180 clock hours in a supervised practicum experience teaching students with emotional or behavior disorders.  The practicum is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in EI.   The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the practicum request.

  • Non-Teachers: Elective Credits
    For non-teachers seeking this degree, 4-credits of electives may be taken in lieu of teaching practicum. This option must be approved by adviser.

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  • Undergraduate or graduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Those seeking the EI teaching endorsement must hold or be eligible for a valid Michigan elementary or secondary teaching certificate
  • This degree is also available to non-teachers; see Program Adviser for admission criteria
  • Potential for success in the program
Online Program
  • All coursework, with the exception of the EI Practicum, can be completed online
  • The EI Practicum is a mandatory requirement for the certificate and must be fulfilled in an approved classroom setting
and Application

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packetRead through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas.

Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad – Masters

Planned Course of Study: Online and/or Hybrid Program:  MEd in Special Education-Conc Emotional Impairment

**Our Graduate Certificate in EI meets MDE requirements for the teaching endorsement.

If you have any other questions, please contact the coordinator below:

Susan Martino, Director of Program Development
(248) 370-4415   |   (248) 370-4242 fax