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Special education

A student working on a special education degree teaches two young children at a classroom table.

The special education program prepares students to teach all children effectively. Students learn to use teaching methods that promote maximum understanding and social and emotional growth for students with special needs. They gain the knowledge and skills necessary for successful teaching in general education classrooms and a variety of special education settings. 

All students in special education meet requirements for both elementary teacher certification and a K-12 endorsement in the special education area of learning disabilities. This is achieved after completing an immersive fifth-year teaching internship experience in schools under the guidance of mentor teachers and university faculty.


Graduates in special education pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of pedagogy, classroom management and intercultural communication.

Alumni work at: 

  • Chicago Public Schools (Illinois) 
  • Lansing School District (Michigan)
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District (Michigan)
  • South Lyon Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools (Michigan)
  • Fairfield Unified School District (California)
  • Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 

Alumni work as: 

  • Special education teachers
  • Elementary teachers 
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Resource room teachers
  • Behavior analysts
  • Behavioral Therapy Technician 

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