Program will certify undergraduates in elementary or secondary education and learning disabilities

February 22, 2007

DEARBORN / Feb. 22, 2007---The School of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will launch a new bachelor of education program this fall to prepare students for careers in the special education field.

“This program will be unique in Michigan as it will allow students to be certified in elementary or secondary education and learning disabilities,” according to Paul Zionts, dean of the School of Education. “Other universities require two disability endorsements in their undergraduate programs. Our program will allow students to complete their degrees more efficiently and begin serving students with disabilities sooner.”

Undergraduate students in the elementary and secondary education programs at UM-Dearborn will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in special education via the new 30-credit hour program, which combines coursework with practical experience to provide students with basic and advanced skills through direct instruction and guided independent practice in simulated and practical settings, according to education Prof. Belinda Davis Lazarus, coordinator of UM-Dearborn’s program in special education.

“The new program is a direct spin-off from our current master’s degree in special education and will extend the current graduate program in learning disabilities to the undergraduate level,” Lazarus said.

The new program will begin in the fall when courses on learning disabilities are added to the undergraduate curriculum.

The new degree meets the state Department of Education’s standards for certification of teachers in special education.

UM-Dearborn’s School of Education currently offers numerous majors and minors at the undergraduate level. Students will continue to select content-area majors and minors in addition to the special education courses.

For more information on UM-Dearborn’s new bachelor’s degree in special education, contact Judy Garfield at 313-593-5285.

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