Wayne State University

Master of Education

The Special Education program at Wayne State University offers four graduate areas of certification: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)*, Cognitive Impairment (CI), 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, 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. 

Special education teachers work with people who require a variety of special needs. Graduates of degree or certification programs in Special Education might work as special education teachers, instructional coordinators or postsecondary teachers.

*Note: The Autism Spectrum Disorder concentrations as of May 18, 2016 is in a moratorium and is not accepting students for the Fall semester of 2016 and going forward. Current Students are not affected by this moratorium.

Careers in Special Education

In the Field of Special Education there is a variety of employment options available including:

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle and High Schools
  • Administration
  • Community agencies
  • Local Government Authorities
  • Research Centers Health Centers
  • Universities and Colleges