Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

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Faculty Coordinator: 
Erica Ruegg, Ph.D
425F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2894

Director of Program Development:
Susan Martino
430K Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4415

M.Ed. in Special Education with EI concentration


Emotional Impairment (EI)

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This Master of Education degree focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality (learning, instruction and development) and in-depth preparation in the area of emotional impairment.
This program can be completed by teachers and non-teachers alike.

  • Teachers - upon completion of all coursework and practicum and after having passed the related MTTC test - will be eligible to have the EI endorsement added to their Michigan teaching certificate.
  • For individuals without teacher certification, completion of the program provides a special education master's degree that signifies having gained the expertise needed to more effectively serve - in their current or intended capacity (i.e., counseling, juvenile justice system, mental health) - the population of individuals who experience emotional difficulties that impact their lives.
The program is offered online and is typically completed in 24 months.  A practicum in an approved EI site is required.
In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180 clock hours in an approved, supervised practicum experience, teaching students on the autism spectrum.  The practicum is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in ASD.  The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the practicum request. 
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Those seeking the EI teaching endorsement must hold or be eligible for a valid Michigan elementary or secondary teaching certificate
  • This degree is also available to non-teachers; see Program Adviser for admission criteria
  • Potential for success in the program

This is an online program. All coursework, with the exception of the EI Practicum, is completed online.

Find out if an online program is right for you.

and Application

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packetRead through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas.

Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad – Masters

Planned Course of Study: Online and/or Hybrid Program:  MEd in Special Education-Conc Emotional Impairment

**Our Graduate Certificate in EI meets MDE requirements for the teaching endorsement.

If you have any other questions, please contact the coordinator below:

Susan Martino, Director of Program Development
(248) 370-4415   |   (248) 370-4242 fax