Human Development and Child Studies

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

For more information, contact:

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

M.Ed. in Special Education with EI concentration


Emotional Impairment (EI)

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 field experience, teaching students with emotional impairment.  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.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 (or higher) GPA
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification)
  • Demonstrate 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.