Wayne State University

Special Education Cohorts

The demand for special education teachers is growing. Jump-start your career in this rewarding field by enrolling in Wayne State University's accredited, cohort teaching endorsement program. Applicants to this SED cohort program must first hold a regular teaching certificate upon being admitted to a cohort endorsement program.

Cohorts Offered

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Cognitive Impairment (CI)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)

Additional Options

Earn a 1st or 2nd endorsement in Special Education. A fast-track second endorsement in a special education area can be completed in as little as three semesters plus your practicum. An initial endorsement in Special Education will also be offered for students who already are certified teachers in other teaching fields. Additional online and campus classes may be available if you want to move faster or slower to complete your program.

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Applications are currently being accepted for the cohort in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for Fall 2017, and for a cohort in Cognitive Impairments for Winter 2018. These cohorts will meet at locations off of Wayne State University's main campus. There is limited space for these cohorts, so apply early. A cohort in Learning Disabilities is expected to be offered on the main campus.

Apply for the M.Ed. in Teaching and in your letter of interest make sure to write which cohort your applying for. For additional options or questions, contact: Michele Kaseta, (313) 577-5241 or michele.kaseta@wayne.edu.

 What is a Cohort? 

A Cohort program provides students with an interactive and dynamic setting that allows students to actively gain knowledge and skills. The cohort program builds community, leadership skills and creativity. A collaborative learning environment is central to our cohort as each member of our cohort is a teacher and learner. All members contribute actively to discussions, learning activities, and work as part of a community of learners. 

Benefits of a Cohort                                                                              

Cohorts are Student-Centered. Cohorts provide students with the opportunity to enroll in and navigate as a group through a sequence of required courses and practicum experiences leading  to a teaching endorsement in Special Education. Cohorts are predictable. Course scheduling is planned in advance of the beginning of a cohort, so class registration is ensured and students can fulfill program requirements on schedule.

Build relationships. Over the course of our cohort program, you will build relationships with your peers while spending a considerable amount of time together in small, participatory group discussions and practicum. Cohorts can develop a greater sense of belonging with a group rather than taking courses on an individual basis.

Develop professional networks. The professional relationships which cohort students build can result in a network that extends beyond the classroom and can significantly help students' career development and professional advancement.

Save Time and money. Take advantage of onsite advising and earn your teaching endorsement without needing to travel to our main campus. Apply for funding and explore financial aid options by learning about TEACH Grants and teacher loan forgiveness programs.