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

For more information, contact:

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

Specific Learning Disability certificate (SLD endorsement)


The SLD Certificate is an 18- to 24-month program designed for individuals who currently have or are eligible to receive a teaching certificate in Michigan, and who wish to receive state certification (endorsement) in Specific Learning Disability (SLD).

All coursework/credits may apply to the M.Ed. in Special Education, if the requested transfer is made prior to completion of the certificate. A practicum in an approved classroom is required and included in the program. Most courses are offered online.

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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 an approved, supervised field experience, teaching students with specific learning disabilities. The field experience is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in SLD. The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the field experience request.

Admission Criteria
  • 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

Most courses in this program are offered online. Two courses are held on campus in Rochester, and the practicum is completed in an approved SLD site.

Find out if a “mostly online” program is right for you.