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Learning Disabilities (K-12 Level)


Learning Disabilities

Endorsement Code:


Available To:

Elementary-level Certified Teachers

Secondary-level Certified Teachers

Description of Endorsement:

The Learning Disabilities (SM) endorsement allows elementary and secondary-level certified teachers to teach in K-12 special education resource rooms and Learning Disabilities programs. They can teach the entire K-12 curriculum to their special education students as approved by the local school board and intermediate school district, provided they have satisfied the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) requirements for a Highly Qualified teacher in core academic areas for which they provide direct instruction. The College of Education will recommend teachers for the K-12 Learning Disabilities endorsement upon successful completion of all required coursework and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Learning Disabilities subject-area test: secondary-level certified teachers must also pass the MTTC Elementary Education Test.

(The 500 and 600-level courses required for this endorsement may be used toward the Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education degree program. All coursework toward a graduate degree must be completed within a seven year period.)

Associated MTTC Test:

063 Learning Disabilities 
(Students should indicate SVSU Institution Code #24 when registering for the MTTC test.)

Required Coursework:

To add this endorsement to an existing teaching certificate select the following link for a list of required courses.  Learning Disabilities K-12

To avoid taking courses not needed, students are encouraged to first meet with aCollege of Education Certification Advisor to review undergraduate coursework and determine a plan of study.

Upon completion of all program requirements, students must submit a completed endorsement application on the MOECS website at to add this endorsement to their teaching certificate.

While the above information represents the most current advising information available, be aware that certain factors may change affecting the validity of this information, such as changes mandated by the Michigan Department of Education. For this reason, students are STRONGLY advised to consult a certification advisor frequently throughout the duration of their program.

Last Updated: March 6, 2024

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