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Human Development and Child Studies

Human Development and Child Studies
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242
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The Certificate in Emotional Impairment focuses on in-depth preparation for working with students with emotional/behavioral disorders and is open to qualified candidates with Michigan teacher certification. Candidates have the option to complete coursework for the EI certificate (endorsement) alone, or — with additional coursework — the M.Ed. in Special Education with EI concentration (endorsement). All graduate certificates in special education are now financial aid-eligible.


Field Experience (practicum)
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 a supervised field experience teaching students with emotional or behavioral disorders. The field experience is offered as the final experience required for K–12 certification in EI. The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the field experience request. For additional information and practicum requirements, visit the Field Experience/Endorsement Requirements webpage

Admissions Criteria

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must hold or be eligible for a valid Michigan elementary or secondary teaching certificate
  • Potential for success in the program
This is an online program. All coursework, with the exception of the EI Practicum, is completed online.  The EI Practicum is a mandatory requirement for the certificate and must be fulfilled in an approved classroom setting.

Additional Information
Erica Ruegg, Ed.D.
425F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2894
[email protected]

Endorsements can only be added to active teaching certificates. If your certificate has expired or you have applied for renewal, your renewal must be complete before the endorsement can be added. Once your endorsement program is complete and your official passing MTTC score has been released, follow the steps below to add your new endorsement.

  1. Apply for the new endorsement in MOECS.
  2. Submit a request for Recommendation for Additional Endorsement, as this begins the official audit process.
  3. Applications will typically be processed within 2-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received - this timeline is dependent upon the number of applications in queue for audit at the time.
  4. MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the state fee once your application has been approved. You can also log into MOECS and check the status of your application.
  5. Once MDE processes your payment, you can print your new certificate from within MOECS. Applications that include felony and misdemeanor paperwork require additional MDE review and will take longer to process. Refer to the following document for additional guidance: Adding Endorsements – Detailed MOECS Instructions.

If your program results in a university issued degree or certificate, you will also apply to Oakland for your degree or certificate to be awarded. Please contact Graduate Education or the program coordinator should you have questions regarding this process.