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:
Susan Martino
430K Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4415

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 withEI 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

Practicum/Student Teaching   |    View Practicum Information
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 practicum experience teaching students with emotional or behavioral disorders.  The practicum 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 practicum 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