​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Your ability to advocate for and teach others will suit you well as a CMU special education major. Through this program, you’ll develop an expertise in inspiring children and young adults with learning, cognitive, physical, emotional and health needs. You’ll gain life-changing experiences through student groups, community opportunities and CMU disABILITY Awareness events. You’ll be able to volunteer for the Special Olympic Summer Games each year on campus, or you can head to Traverse City for the Winter Games. All students become dually certified in special education and general education with an elementary or secondary focus.

Students interested in obtaining the Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate must complete the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in the desired level and appropriate content area(s), including the following:

  • Special Education: Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairment
  • Special Education: Teachers of Students with Emotional Impairment

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Special education teacher$55,060 per year6% (26,600 more jobs)​​​

For More Information

Visit the College of Education and Human Services website​ or contact:

Counseling and Special Education
EHS Building 321
Email: cse@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3205

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Special Education Major: Teachers of Students With Cognitive Impairment

Total: 42 semester hours
Core Courses
(24 hours)
Note: SPE 322, 323, and 324 require a C+ or better.
SPE 126
Introduction to Special Education
3
SPE 322
Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
6
SPE 323
Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
3
SPE 324
Special Education Classroom-Based Assessment
6
SPE 550WI
Teaching Diverse Students in Educational Settings
3
SPE 570
Career Development and Transitions
3
Required Courses
(18 hours)
Professional Sequence
Note: SPE 519, 521, and 522 require a C+ or better.
SPE 458
Special Education Clinical Experience: Cognitive Impairment
9
SPE 519
Students with Cognitive Impairment
3
SPE 521
Teaching Students with Cognitive Impairment
3
SPE 522
Seminar in Advanced Methods for Teaching Students with Cognitive Impairment
3

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Special Education Major: Teachers of Students With Emotional Impairment

Total: 42 semester hours
Core Courses
(24 hours)
Note: SPE 322, 323, and 324 require a C+ or better.
SPE 126
Introduction to Special Education
3
SPE 322
Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
6
SPE 323
Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
3
SPE 324
Special Education Classroom-Based Assessment
6
SPE 550WI
Teaching Diverse Students in Educational Settings
3
SPE 570
Career Development and Transitions
3
Required Courses
(18 hours)
Professional Sequence
Note: SPE 578, 579, and 581 require a C+ or better.
SPE 456
Special Education Clinical Experience: Emotional Impairment
9
SPE 578
Students with Emotional Impairment
3
SPE 579
Teaching Students with Emotional Impairment
3
SPE 581
Seminar in Advanced Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Impairment
3