Undergraduate programs are available for the preparation of teachers in the areas of emotional impairments/learning disabilities (EI/LD) and cognitive impairments/learning disabilities (CI/LD), at either the elementary or secondary level of special education. Students completing the Bachelor of Science earn a State of Michigan Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate (K-8) and an endorsement in one of the following areas:
In addition, all students complete at least one minor, many of them leading to an additional endorsement at either the elementary or secondary level in a specific academic content area.
Pre-special education students will need to meet with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Advising.
Students will be assigned as pre-education (PED) at the time of admission to the University. This status does not ensure admission to the Professional Education Curriculum in the special education program. The selection of a set number of students into the Professional Education Curriculum in Special Education occurs each February after a program faculty committee reviews all applications.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2014
The following must be completed prior to the application deadline:
**Students who take the Professional Readiness Exam (formerly Basic Skill Test) in January, must by February 4.
Applications and all supporting documentation must be to:
Office of Admissions and Advising
College of Education and Human Development
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5275
Or delivered to 2421 Sangren Hall
All completed applications are evaluated using the following criteria:
Students selected for admission comprise a cohort that begins taking courses in the special education sequence the following fall semester. The four semesters of special education coursework must be taken in the prescribed sequence. For special course requirements, see the undergraduate catalog and the special education program guide.
Faculty serve as advisors for the undergraduate program. Specific appointment hours are posted in 4571 Sangren Hall. Students interested in the field of special education are encouraged to call (269) 387-5935 to schedule an appointment.
With the Special Education option you will be certified to teach:
|Course Number||Course Description||Hours|
|COM 1040||Public Speaking||3hrs|
|ED 2500||Human Development||3hrs|
|ENGL 3830||Intermediate Reader||4hrs|
|Pick one course:|
|HIST 2100||American History to 1877||3 hrs|
|HIST 2110||American History since 1877||3 hrs|
|PSCI 2000||US Government||3 hrs|
|MATH 1500||Number Concepts||4hrs|
|PSY 1000||General Psychology||3hrs|
|SPPA 2000||Communication Disorders||3hrs|
|Course Number||Course Description||Hours|
|EDT 3470||Technology Elem||2hrs|
|ES 3950||School & Society||3hrs|
|LS 3770||Lit/Lang I||3hrs|
|LS 3780||Lit/ Lang II||3hrs|
In addition to practica, students majoring in Special Education participate in two full semesters of intern teaching. This includes one semester in a general education setting and one semester in a special education setting. Intern teaching placements are made within prescribed areas of Southwest Michigan, in rural, suburban, and urban districts within approximately 50 miles of Western Michigan University. Throughout each intern teaching experience, students participate on a weekly basis in an intern teaching seminar class.
Special education students are given the opportunity to teach overseas during their special education internship. They spend 15 weeks interning while experiencing the European culture.
This opportunity provided through a partnership between the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Defense Schools in the Heidelberg District of Germany.
Housing is provided for the students as well as access to many other benefits. The Department of Defense School's student population is primarily comprised of American military children. The interns fulfill the required 15 weeks of intern teaching and follow typical American holidays.
Dr. Elizabeth Whitten
Our mission is to educate all students to become successful citizens in a global society. In our role as advocates for all students,
We pledge professional, courteous service and opportunities for involvement of all stakeholders.
Students have many opportunities to observe and participate in special education programs through practica.
First semester: Students are placed in a special education classroom and assist the teacher with a variety of instructional tasks
Second semester: Students are placed in programs serving their particular disability area.
Third and fourth semesters: Students work with small groups of students, providing individualized assessment and instructional activities for students at-risk or students with learning disabilities.