Wayne State University

Master of Education

The Special Education program at Wayne State University offers the following graduate areas of certification:

  • Cognitive Impairment (CI)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) [Cohort Group only]

All programs lead to a Master of Education degree with a certification in the specified area of specialization.


We believe that special education must function as an integral and complementary component of best practices in the education for all students. We support the movement towards inclusive education for students with mild to severe disabilities, and see best instructional practices in general education as supporting the growth and development of students with disabilities. We believe that special educators have important roles to play in building a unified system of schooling that supports learning of all students. Leadership is needed to make these goals a reality. It is the purpose of our program to provide one important avenue of leadership development.

Program Information

Students will fulfill the certification requirements of the Michigan Department of Education when you successfully complete the required coursework and practicum for the specific endorsement of your major and when pass the required examination in that area offered through the Michigan Department of Education.

Graduate courses are offered primarily in the evenings beginning at 4:30 or later. Successful completion of the designed course sequence in Cognitive Impairment, Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders provides the students with:

  • A Master's degree in Education
  • 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. The ASD concentration is offered in a cohort format only.

Careers in Special Education

In the Field of Special Education there are a variety of employment options available, including working in:

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

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education Program requires a valid Michigan teaching certificate, an undergraduate cumulative honor point of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, and admission to the graduate school.

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Plan of Work

The Plan of Work is effective for students newly enrolled Summer 2016 and after. Students are advised to contact the Special Education M.Ed. advisors Dr. Susan Gabel or Michele Kaseta, for a formal Plan of Work. To set an appointment, contact (313) 577-0902.