Western Michigan University's elementary special education program in learning disabilities and emotional impairments will prepare you to teach students with learning disabilities and emotional impairments at the elementary 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 Emotional Impairments-Learning Disabilities (K-12).
You will complete at least one minor, which may lead to an additional endorsement at the elementary level in a specific academic content area.
As a student in WMU's special education program, 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.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in special education are working as:
- Classroom teachers
Among the organizations they work for are: