About the Program

The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with several out-of-state institutions of higher education that have teacher preparation programs, as well as with schools and agencies for the blind and Michigan institutions of higher education, to deliver an online endorsement program that will permit certified teachers to obtain an additional endorsement on their Michigan teaching certificate in either deaf / hard of hearing or visual impairment.  

Students will have the option to choose courses from any of the participating universities. These courses are offered through a variety of on-line platforms, webinars, video conferencing, and face-to-face meetings. More information about all courses can be found at the “Participating Universities” link on this website. 

Partial tuition reimbursement is available to students who are certified teachers in Michigan and eligible for the program.


  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Valid or pending Michigan Teaching Certificate
  • Evidence of completing the approved foundation courses in special education*

*Students seeking an initial endorsement in special education must provide evidence of completing the approved foundation courses in special education. These requirements will be determined by the designated advisor for each endorsement area.