Education Specialist Certificate (Ed.S.)

Explore Special Education Studies at Wayne State University, College of Education, Teacher Education Division. Our program is designed to prepare you with the teaching knowledge and skills for special education to help transform the lives of individuals living with disabilities. Concentration areas leading to certification include Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Impairment.



  • K-12 Curriculum Special Education
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Cognitive Impairment

Course requirements

These certificate programs require 30 credits beyond the master's. The individual student's professional needs and interests are taken into account in determining the specific content of their program. The typical plan includes course work in the specialized professional area and subject matter areas supportive of a major or minor. All course requirements for the various majors are selected in consultation with an advisor. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.


The specific courses included in an educational specialist program vary by concentration and are selected by the student and their advisor to best meet the student's needs. All courses must be at the graduate level. Students may take one or more courses per semester, but must complete the 30-credit-hour program within the six-year time limit.


Min Yu, Ph.D.
Associate professor and program coordinator

Teacher Education Division
Phone: 313-577-0902

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