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Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education Concentration

Degree Type: Master of Education
College(s): Education and Human Services

Why Choose the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction?

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction gives professional educators the advanced professional development necessary to open several career options as well as providing a foundation to improve their instructional practice. Students eligible for admission to the graduate program must hold a bachelor?s degree from an accredited college or university. When required, candidates should hold or be eligible for professional licensure, registration or certification to practice in the occupational specialty. Previous teaching experience is not a requirement. An admissions committee will review all application materials and recommend appropriate action. Upon admission to the graduate program, each student will be assigned a graduate advisor.

Career Opportunities

The program enables secondary and elementary educators to advance in their district salary schedules and become educational leaders either as administrators, curriculum directors, or department heads.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.75 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale. Conditional entry may be granted when the 2.75 requirement has not been met. Once a student has been granted conditional entry, he/she must earn a GPA of 2.75 within the first nine (9) hours of graduate level courses. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

Teacher Certification Requirements (for Certification Concentrations only)

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction requires that all students must complete all degree requirements within five (5) years after admission into the program. Consult individual program descriptions for other graduation requirements.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Special Education Concentration (40-43 credits)

Required Core

9 credits required
Understand Literacy - Lang Dev
3
Inst of Exceptional Learners
3
Teach-Learn Theories Classroom
3
Prin Data Driv Decision Making
4
Capstone
3

Special Education

12 credits required
Com Collaborat Consult Spec Ed
3
Behav Dimens Student Spec Need
3
Devel - Impl of Ind Educ Prog
3
Assess Student With Spec Needs
3

Endorsement Area

Select 1 of the following endorsement areas:
Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairments
12 credits required
Basic Concep Mental Impairment
3
Tchg St W Mild Mental Impair
3
Tchg St W Mod-Sev Ment Impair
3
Directed Tchg - Special Needs
3
Teachers of Students with Learning Disabilities
12 credits required
Students Reading Difficulties
3
Intro Student Learn Disability
3
Tchg Student Learn Disabilitie
3
Directed Tchg - Special Needs
3
Teachers of Students with Autism
15 credits required
Basic Concepts in Autism
3
Curriculum and Autistic Child
3
Lang-Comm of the Student w ASD
3
Wrkg With Parents - Profession
3
Directed Tchg - Special Needs
3
Teachers of Students with Emotional Impairments
12 credits required
Intro Student Emotional Impair
3
Teach Student Emotional Impair
3
Asst Dev-Imp of Beh-Class Mgmt
3
Directed Tchg - Special Needs
3
Minimum semester credit hours required:
40-43
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