E-Learning and Instructional Support

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School of Education and Human Services
Human Development and Child Studies

Darlene A.G. Groomes, PhD, LPC, CRC
Special Education Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
405E Pawley Hall

MEd in Special Education with Concentration in EI


Master of Education in Special Education
with Concentration in Emotional Impairment


The M.Ed. in Special Education with Concentration in EI focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality - learning, instruction and development - with regard to special populations, and in-depth preparation in the area of emotional/behavior disorders. Exploration of theory and research as well as advanced application in instruction and assessment with selected populations are integrated throughout the degree.

Candidates who are teachers and wish to earn the EI endorsement only (independent of the degree) may apply directly to the Graduate Certificate in EI: Advanced or Graduate Certificate in EI: Basic program options.

Plan of Study - Please see a sample Plan of Study showing the required courses for this 40-credit master's degree.

Exit Options
One of the following exit options must be completed:

  • Individuals with Michigan Teacher Certification (Exit Option A): Practicum/Student Teaching*
In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180-240 clock hours in a supervised practicum experience, teaching students with emotional impairments. 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.
*The practicum must be completed in person at a site approved by the faculty adviser.
  • Individuals who do not have Michigan teacher certification (Exit Option B): Approved Electives
For non-teachers (or teachers not eligible for a Michigan teaching certificate) seeking this degree, 4-credits of approved electives are required.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Those seeking the EI teaching endorsement must hold or be eligible for a valid Michigan elementary or secondary teaching certificate
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education with EI Concentration is also available to non-teachers; see Program Adviser for admission criteria
  • Potential for success in the program
How to

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet. Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas.

Complete the online graduate application by clicking on the Apply Now button.

  • Application Type: Grad – Masters
  • Planned Course of Study: Online and/or Hybrid Program:  MEd in Special Education-Conc. Emotional Impairment

**Our Graduate Certificate in EI meets the MDE requirements for the teaching endorsement.