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

Graduate Certificate in Emotional Impairment - Teacher working with a student
For more information, contact:
Faculty Coordinator: 
Erica Ruegg, Ph.D
425F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2894

Emotional Impairment Certificate (EI Endorsement)


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).

  • Advanced: This option requires an individual to hold a prior special education endorsement in Michigan.
  • Basic: This option is for general education teachers and only requires an individual to have a valid MI teaching certificate.

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.

See catalog: 

  • 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
Online Program 
  • All coursework, with the exception of the EI Practicum, can be completed online
  • The EI Practicum is a mandatory requirement for the certificate and must be fulfilled in an approved classroom setting