2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education Concentration

Degree Type: Master of Education
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education Concentration, MED Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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. The Special Education concentration prepares students to be certified in either Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Impairments, Emotional Impairments, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students eligible for admission to the graduate program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates should hold or be eligible for provisional or standard licensure or certification at the elementary or secondary education level. 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 certified in one or more area of special education.

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 pedagogy tests in their concentration area, and (3) have a 3.0 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

More Information

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