Wayne State University

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Special Education

Master of Education

The Special Education program at Wayne State University offers four graduate areas of certification: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Cognitive Impairment (CI), Emotional Impairment (EI), and Learning Disabilities (LD). All programs lead to a Master of Education degree with certification in the specified area of specialization.

You will fulfill the certification requirements of the Michigan Department of Education when you successfully complete the required coursework for a specific endorsement and the required examination in that area by the Michigan Department of Education.

Graduate courses are offered primarily in the evenings beginning at 4:30 or later. Approximately 36 semester hours of graduate credit are required (excluding prerequisites). Successful completion of the designed course sequence in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities provides the students with:

  1. A Master’s degree in Education.
  2. Certification to teach children in the area of specialization.

You may obtain full approval in one or more additional endorsements by taking the required courses specific to that endorsement, including a practicum for each endorsement area, and passing the state examination. 

Following is a listing of the programs and responsible faculty members:

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mark Larson, Ph.D.
239 College of Education
313-577-0903
ad5772@wayne.edu

Cognitive Impairment
Marshall Zumberg, Ed.D.
251 College of Education
313-577-0923
ac8358@wayne.edu

Early Childhood Special Education
Mark Larson, Ph.D.
239 College of Education
313-577-0903
ad5772@wayne.edu

Learning Disabilities
Greg Zvric, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
263 College of Education
313-577-3545
ae4967@wayne.edu

Learning Disabilities
Gerald R. Oglan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
263 College of Education
313-577-9069
aa3099@wayne.edu