Bachelor of Arts in Education - Special Education

The special education curriculum leads to a bachelor’s degree in education and certification in the area of cognitive impairment.

Admission: Level 1

Entry to the College of Education

All students intending to pursue a teaching curriculum who enter the University directly from high school, or transfer from other colleges are directly admitted by the University Admissions Office into the College of Education in Level 1 status. 

Admission: Level 2

Entry to Professional Education Sequence

The standards listed below apply to those students entering the College of Education at Level 2: those working for a secondary or elementary school teaching certificate; those in a combined degree program; and those previously admitted at the freshman or sophomore level to the College of Education.

Eligibility for admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Satisfactory completion of fifty-three semester or eighty quarter credits of course work with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. In addition, the grade point average for any courses taken at Wayne State University must be 2.5 or above. This coursework should generally conform to the Level 1 courses prescribed by the College for students who expect to prepare for teaching. The quality of work, especially in the major area, must indicate a strong potential for success in a teacher-education program.
  2. Intermediate Composition Competency Requirement: All Education students must satisfactorily complete the University intermediate composition competency requirement prior to admission.
  3. Physical Health: Definite standards of health must be met by all students entering the College. All students are required to present a negative tuberculosis (T.B.) test prior to admission.
  4. Group Work Experience: All students must have verifiable successful group work (forty hours) experience with children.
  5. Criminal History Check: All students must submit a current (within the last six months) statewide criminal history check.
  6. Elementary Education: Students seeking admission to Elementary Education must complete MAT 1110 and MAT 1120 or have appropriate prerequisite math course in progress.
  7. Special Education: Students seeking admission to Special Education must have completed the following courses:
    MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (or have appropriate prerequisite math course in progress)3
    PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
    PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Biology Today
    An Introduction to Life
    Basic Life Diversity
    Basic Life Mechanisms
    Biological Sciences for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  8. Secondary Education: Students seeking admission to Secondary Education must have twelve-semester credits completed in the major
  9. Specific Prerequisites or other special requirements of the curriculum area for which the student is applying.

Application for Level 2 Standing

Upon completion of a minimum of fifty-three-semester credits of college coursework and all other Level 2 admission requirements, students should apply for College of Education Level 2 standing. Applicants who have completed college work in institutions other than Wayne State must first apply for admission through the University Office of Admissions.

Students who intend to receive degrees from other colleges in the University AND a teaching certificate from the College of Education must apply to the Combined Program through Academic Services, 489 Education Building. All applicants to Level 2 must attend an orientation session.

All students must complete University General Education Requirements, the Special Education Comprehensive Major (some of these courses may also satisfy the University General Education Requirements), Professional Education Requirements and the major area of study (Special Education Cognitive Impairment) as outlined below. The total number of credit hours for the degree varies from 153 to 156 depending on how General Education Requirements are met and the number of courses needed to complete a foreign language to the intermediate level.

No grade below ‘C’ may be used to meet any requirement specific to the Comprehensive Major, Professional Education Sequence and the Special Education major.

General Education Requirements

Written Communication
Basic Composition (BC)
Intermediate Composition (ICN)
Oral Communication (OC)
Quantitative Experience (QE)
Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I
Natural Science Inquiry (NSI)
Two courses required (select one from PSY and one from BIO). One course must include a lab.
Introductory Psychology
Elements of Psychology
Biology Today
An Introduction to Life
Basic Life Diversity
Basic Life Mechanisms
Civic Literacy Inquiry (CIV)
American Government
The American Governmental System
Social Inquiry (SI)
World Regional Patterns
Cultural Inquiry (CI)
Integrating the Arts into the Elementary Classroom (Completed after admission to Level 2)
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Inquiry (DEI)
Global Learning Inquiry (GLI)
Approved Foreign Language Sequence for the BA Degree in Education: Complete one foreign language sequence through the third semester (Intermediate Level: 2010 or 2110)

Special Education Comprehensive Major

ELE 6200Children's Literature for Teachers3
GPH 1100World Regional Patterns4
HIS 2040American Foundations to 18773-4
HIS 2050Modern America: Since 18773-4
HIS 2240History of Michigan3-4
MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MAT 1120Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
or PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
ECO 1000Survey of Economics4
or ECO 2010 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECO 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics
HIS 1000World Civilization to 15004
or HIS 1300 Europe and the World: 1500-1945
or HIS 1400 The World Since 1945
PS 1010American Government4
or PS 1030 The American Governmental System
BIO 1030Biology Today3
or BIO 1050 An Introduction to Life
or BIO 1500 Basic Life Diversity
or BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms
or SCE 5010 Biological Sciences for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
SCE 5020Physical Sciences for Elementary and Middle School Teachers3
SCE 5030Earth/Space Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers3
KIN 5550Health and Physical Education for the Elementary School Teacher3
Total Credits54-57

Professional Education Sequence

The following course must be completed in Level 1:
TED 2250Becoming an Urban Educator3
The following courses may be completed in Level 1 or 2:
BBE 5000Multicultural Education in Urban America2
EDP 3310Educational Psychology3
ELE 6070Family, Community and School Partnerships: Supporting Children's Learning3
TED 6020Computer Applications in Teaching I3
The following courses must be taken prior to TED 5150 Pre-Student Teaching:
ELE 6220Literacy I3
One additional method course (see Advisor)
Pre-Student Teaching Experience
TED 5150Analysis of Elementary Teaching5
The following courses may be elected at any time after admission to the College of Education Level 2 and must be completed prior to taking TED 5790
ELE 6240Literacy II3
ELE 6260Literacy III3
ELE 6390Mathematics Instruction: P-83
ELE 6500Science Curriculum: P-83
ELE 6600Social Studies Curriculum: P-83
AED 5050Integrating the Arts into the Elementary Classroom 13
Elementary Field Experience
TED 5780Directed Teaching and Conference5
Special Education Field Experience
Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups
Total Credits45

Major Areas of Study (Special Education)

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education leading to an endorsement in Cognitive Impairment must complete the following major requirements. The courses cited in the major, with the exception of SED 5000 and SED 5010, may be completed only after admission to the Special Education Level 2 Program.

Cognitive Impairment (a minimum of thirty credit hours)

SED 5000History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Teaching Students with Disabilities2
SED 5010Inclusive Teaching2
SED 5075Consultation and Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching2
SED 5080Supportive Environments, Engaged Learning2
SED 5090Transitions for Students with Disabilities2
SED 5110Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
SED 5115Observation and Assessment of Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
SED 5121Language Development and Instruction for Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs2
SED 5125Teaching Students with Significant/Multiple Support Needs3
SED 5130Teaching Students with Moderate Support Needs3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups6
Total Credits30