Northern Michigan University's learning disabilities endorsement and master's degree are delivered 100% online and can be completed tuition-free for educators working in districts that qualify for the Michigan Department of Education's Special Education Tuition Reimbursement Grant (see details below).
STEP 1: Verify Your District's Eligibility
Educators interested in levering this benefit must verify that their school district qualifies for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant (60% Free and Reduced-Meals population).
Full details for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant can be found here.
STEP 2: District Application
The Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant Application must be submitted by a district administrator. Reimbursement will be made to the district, not the individual teachers. An overview of the grant an an application checklist can be reviewed here.
STEP 3: Apply to NMU
NMU Online Learning Disabilities Michigan Department of Education Tuition Reimbursement
In response to the ongoing and intense need to provide appropriately certified and endorsed teachers for students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (MDE OSE) is offering a Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant opportunity. Districts eligible to apply for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant are those that have a 60 percent or higher Free and Reduced-Meals population, based on the fall 2019 data.
The Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant funds are intended to incentivize certified Michigan teachers to earn an additional endorsement in special education for employment in a program where they are currently not qualified. The Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant can be used to cover tuition costs up to $800.00 per credit hour for a maximum of six credits per year, per teacher for up to three years. Tuition reimbursement does not apply to repeat courses. Enrolling in NMU's online Learning Disabilities Program at a tuition rate of $612 per credit hour and $50 per credit hour online fee is a financial benefit to the student that works to benefit every K12 student these individuals teach.
NMU Online Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate and Master's Program
*Students who already satisfy these requirements, whether from undergraduate preparation or through another area of endorsement, would not be required to include them in their plan, and appropriate electives, if needed, would be substituted.
**These courses are not required for those seeking a LD endorsement only (33 credit hours).
Note: To obtain the additional endorsement in learning disabilities (K-12) from the State of Michigan, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in Learning Disabilities and file the appropriate application at www.michigan.gov/moecs.