Special Education — Learning Disabilities

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Considering a career in special education?

Special Education teachers continue to be in high demand. Are you interested in making this your rewarding career?   

The Special Education endorsement is a K-12 teaching major which is completed with an elementary or secondary education major.


Dr. Yates is the Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation. Email her for more information at yatespa@alma.edu.

The student teaching term is 14 weeks long, 8 weeks in a classroom setting (resource room) with a Learning Disabilities endorsed teacher and 6 weeks in cross-categorical rooms. .

Service learning opportunities include working with the Dr. Yates and the Honorable Judge Kristen Bakker, Gratiot County Juvenile Court Judge and her staff to create and teach PBIS lessons to students from the Gratiot County Juvenile Court System.



You will also have opportunities for International Teaching Experiences through Spring Terms and P-Global and Venture Grants.



“Alma College’s special education department prepared me to have a classroom of my own through its valuable coursework that always relates to real-world situations. The program also set me up with a variety of placements so I was able to experience the different settings of special education classrooms. I felt incredibly prepared and immediately upon graduation I landed my dream job in an incredible district.”

~Ashley Borta




“The support of the Alma Special Education Department goes far beyond the classroom setting. Thanks to the phenomenal staff, upon graduating, I had support preparing for interviews, obtaining my first teaching job, and a network to support me during all the first year challenges.”

~Calin Deck


The Alma College teacher education program accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This accreditation certifies that our education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.