Academic program reorganization and title changes approved at Board of Regents meeting

EMU sign at Oakwood entrance

YPSILANTI --  The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the following academic program phase-outs at today’s (June 13, 2019) meeting:

  • Special Education with Elementary Certification - Visual Impairment MA
  • Special Education with Secondary Certification - Visual Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Elementary Certification - Cognitive Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Secondary Certification - Cognitive Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Elementary Certification - Emotional Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Secondary Certification - Emotional Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Elementary Certification - Physical & Other Health Impairment, MA
  • Special Education with Secondary Certification - Physical & Other Health Impairment, MA
  • Family and Children's Services, MSW
  • Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, MSW
  • Services to the Aging, MSW

Special Education phase-outs

The reason for the majority of phase-outs, those connected to Special Education, were the intended result of the new Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education program that was approved at the April 2019 Board of Regents meeting. The new program was designed to replace the eight Master of Arts in Special Education with Certification programs that are being phased-out, as they are outdated and require students to complete more credit hours than needed. This often discouraged students from pursuing the degree. The new Master of Arts in Teaching program is more streamlined and attractive to students.

MSW phase-outs

It is the nature of graduate study in Social Work that each student is provided an opportunity to concentrate on the specific skills needed for their practice. Since it is now possible to have official concentrations within graduate programs, the School of Social Work has revised the Master of Social Work degree into a single program with multiple concentrations. This program revision and associated phase-outs bring the Master of Social Work program in line with how faculty has presented the program to students in recent years.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

June 13, 2019

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Contact:
Geoff Larcom
glarcom@emich.edu
734.487.4401