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Special Education - Learning Disabilities

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

In the classroom

As an elementary or secondary teacher candidate seeking a special education endorsement, you’ll have at least three 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. Usually, your first experience is in your first year. The student teaching term is 14 weeks long: eight weeks in a classroom setting (resource room) with a Learning Disabilities endorsed teacher, and six weeks in cross-categorical rooms.

Experiential Learning

Service learning opportunities include working with the Honorable Kristin 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.

The Michigan Future Educator Fellowship offers up to a $10,000 scholarship to as many as 2,500 future educators every year. To learn more, visit this link.