Education Specialist

The Education Specialist Certificate program is a thirty credit minimum curriculum beyond the master's degree. The certificate program in various curricular areas within the Teacher Education Division are designed to strengthen the educational background of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals. It is a self-contained concentration, separate from other existing programs, with a distinct form of recognition at its completion. This is a planned program, not merely recognition for 30 credits of graduate study accrued beyond the master's degree. The individual student's professional needs and interests are taken into account in determining the specific content of his/her program. The typical plan includes course work in the specialized professional area, and subject matter areas supportive of a major or minor. All course requirements for the various majors are selected in consultation with an adviser.

Program may quality for Title IV funding under the gainful employment act, please check with the Office of Financial Aid.

Choice of Concentration

At the time of application, you should select an area of concentration. The options are:

  • K-12 General Curriculum (Students seeking Special Education endorsements in cognitive impairment, learning disabilities and autism apply for this option).
  • A Content Specific Curriculum

The K-12 General Curriculum emphasizes crucial insights and issues of curriculum, teaching, education or teacher education from a broad, general perspective.

A Content Specific Curriculum attends to curriculum issues germane to a particular discipline. The Content Specific Curriculum emphases are:

  • Art Education
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education (Secondary only)
  • English as a Second Language (Ed.D. only)
  • Foreign Language Education (Secondary only)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the C&I Education Specialist is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see Admission to the Graduate School. Minimum entrance requirements established by the College of Education are:

  • A master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • In general, applicants must present a grade point average of 2.75 or above for upper division undergraduate work. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 2.75 must have a grade point average of 3.4 or above on their master's degree work.
  • Fulfillment of the special requirements of the area of concentration in which the student wishes to work.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience or equivalent.

Students who have not been previously admitted to the Graduate School need to complete the online Application for Graduate Admission.

Students who hold master's degrees from Wayne State University file applications in 489 Education Building.

Forms and directions regarding fulfillment of the other College and/or departmental requirements will be forwarded to the student on receipt of the application and transcript by the Education Graduate Office. When these requirements have been satisfied, the applicant will be invited to meet with a committee from his/her chosen area of concentration. Following the interview, the student will be notified of the admission decision by the Education Graduate Office.

Plan of Work

The plan of work is adapted to the professional needs of students and each one is developed by the individual student with the help of his/her adviser. A Plan of Work must be approved by the adviser and filed with the Education Graduate Office, 489 Education Building, before 6 credits have been completed following acceptance into the program. Failure to file a Plan of Work at the appropriate time may preclude further registration for courses.

Research studies, projects, or field studies may be accepted in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Certificate. Such projects will be in the nature of culminating experiences and arranged with the individual student's adviser.

Time Limitations

Requirements for the Education Specialist Certificate must be completed within 6 years after admission to the program. Credit earned beyond the master's degree which is over 6 years old at the time of admission may not be applied toward meeting requirements of the certificate. Credit earned after acceptance as a certificate applicant may not be over 6 years old at the time the certificate is granted.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 10 semester credits of graduate post-master's degree work earned at another accredited university, or at Wayne State University prior to admission to the Education Specialist program, may be applied to the certificate provided the courses are approved by the adviser and the College Graduate Officer as appropriate to the program plan.

A maximum of 6 semester credits of graduate post-master's degree work earned at another accredited university after admission to the Education Specialist program may be transferred and applied to the program provided no prior transfer credit from another university has been included in the program. Course work used toward a previously received degree or Education Specialist certificate cannot be used toward the current Education Specialist certificate.