Special Education — Learning Disabilities

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Special Education at Alma College:

Considering a career in special education?

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

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

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

Experiential Learning

As a elementary or secondary teacher candidate seeking a special education endorsement, you will have at least three (3) special education classroom experiences prior to student teaching. These build sequentially, based on program levels, allowing you to develop and refine your professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions as you progress through the program and prepare for student teaching. You will usually have your first experience in your first year.  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.  Learn more about Field Placements and Student Teaching. .

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.

Get Involved

Education Club

Travel Spring Terms

Kappa Delta Pi (International Education Honorary Society)


Current Student Resources

Student Teaching

Field Placement

TK20 (Watermark)

Teacher Education Program Application Information

Student Teaching Application Information

Forms (Link to Almapedia)

Resources for Certification

Transportation Options

Dual Enrollment

Test Prep Resources

Graduate Success

.“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, 2016 Graduate


“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, 2018 Graduate



“The special education program at Alma College prepared me with the skills to deal with many situations that arise. I am a better teacher and special educator because of the education department. Not only did I receive an outstanding education, but a support system for the rest of my career.”

~Brenna Hose, 2018 Graduate

Higher Learning Commission Annual Report 


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.

Mission Statement 

The Education department at Alma College is committed to the preparation of knowledgeable, competent, and caring education professionals who reflect critically, serve ethically, and lead intentionally in a diverse world.