The major goal for all Special Education programs is to prepare highly qualified teachers to effectively educate youth and young adults who are considered to have a disability within the categories of emotional impairments (EI), cognitive impairments (CI), learning disabilities (LD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The major learning goals for each endorsement program (EI, CI, LD, and ASD) are based on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) specialty standards and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)/Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) standards.
The major objectives, as they relate to the CEC and MDE/MARSE standards, are for candidates to develop and demonstrate competencies with regard to (a) content knowledge; (b) professional and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and disposition; and (c) positively impacting P-12+ student learning (special education in the public schools is available to youth and young adults until the age of 26).
In addition to affording the opportunity to earn endorsements in special education instruction (EI, CI, LD, and ASD), students can also opt to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education. The major goals/standards for the MAT program are also to demonstrate competencies with regard to (a) content knowledge; (b) professional and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions; and (c) positively impacting P-12+ student learning.
Accrediting/Certifying Body: National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, (NCATE,) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Michigan Department of Education standards for teachers who seek the following special education teaching endorsements: Emotional Impairments, Cognitive Impairments, ASD, and/or Learning Disabilities.