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

M.Ed. in Special Education with SLD concentration


This Master of Education degree focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality (learning, instruction and development) and in-depth preparation in the area of specific learning disability.

The program is designed for individuals who have – or are eligible for – Michigan teacher certification, and who wish to specialize in teaching students with learning disabilities. Upon completion of all coursework and practicum and after having passed the related MTTC test, candidates are eligible to have the SLD endorsement added to their Michigan teaching certificate.

Most courses are offered online, and the program is typically completed in 24 months.  A field experience in an approved SLD site is required.

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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.