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2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  May 23, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Special Education: Cognitive Impairment Emphasis

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Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

- The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children
Michigan Department of Education Approved

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
All degree-seeking students are required to take a minimum of 33 semester hours, including foundation, emphasis courses and capstone.

Admission Requirements, Retention, and Termination Standards
Students who are degree seeking and are working for special education endorsement are required to take additional courses beyond the normal requirements for the master’s degree. Students who want to enroll in a master’s degree program and are not seeking special education endorsement should select a master’s degree emphasis program and consult with a special education graduate advisor to develop a program consisting of foundations and emphasis coursework, including research applications.

Program Location 
Eberhard Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Web Site:

Requirements for M.Ed. in Special Education: Cognitive Impairment:

Candidates for the M.Ed must complete the following courses:

Research Foundations Coursework:

Social Foundations Coursework (take one):

Special Education Coursework - Required for CI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement (Take first):

Elective Coursework - Required for CI candidates who DO hold a special education endorsement (Take anytime) (Advisor approval required):

  • Elective Credits: 3

Cognitive Impairment Coursework:

Capstone Coursework (Application Required). (Take one):

Requirements for Cognitive Impairment K-12 (single endorsement):

Candidates for this program must possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Special Education Coursework - Required for CI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement. (Take first):

Preteaching Coursework - Required for CI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement. (Application required):

Elective Coursework - Required for CI candidates who DO hold a special education endorsement. (Advisor approval required).

  • Elective  Credits: 3

Cognitive Impairment Coursework - Required for ALL CI candidates:

Practicum Coursework - Required for ALL CI candidates. (Application required.) (Take last):

  • EDS 685E - Practicum/Graduate Field Experience Credits: 6