About the Program

The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with out-of-state universities with teacher preparation programs for teachers of children who are Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and two Michigan institutions of higher education, to deliver online programs that will permit certified teachers to obtain an additional endorsement on their Michigan teaching certificate in either Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired.

Students will have the option to choose courses from any of the participating universities. These courses are offered through a variety of online platforms. Additional information about the universities, courses, requirements, and process can be found 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 course(s) in special education*

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