Sep 20, 2018  
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist in Early Education and Intervention (admission suspended winter 2016)

Department of Human Development and Child Studies
405B Pawley Hall   (map)
(248) 370-3077 • Fax (248) 370-4242

Julie Ricks-Doneen
102 Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4107    

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Graduate Catalog Addendum 


Program description

The Education Specialist in Early Education Intervention degree is a 36-credit program that provides students with course content from both early childhood and special education. This blended preparation is critical for individuals working in the field of early childhood navigating the complexities of the current and continually changing issues in the field of early education and intervention. It is anticipated that graduates with this degree will assume leadership positions in a variety of settings such as early childhood settings, public and private schools, higher education, hospitals, and community agencies.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Admissions by the semester deadlines listed below.

Interviews are scheduled subsequent to review of completed application.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Requirements for recommendations
    The two recommendation forms must be from former college teachers or employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for successfl graduate study.
  • Vitae
  • Writing sample focusing on a personal or professional experience that generated an interest in pursuing the education specialist degree in Early Education and Intervention. 
  • Interview may be required.

Admission requirements

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate and graduate records, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

To be admitted to the EEI education specialist program, the following are required:

  • Hold a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Special Education, or a related area such as Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Infant Mental Health, or Family Development.
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in master’s-level coursework
  • Additional prerequisite coursework or field experience may be required if deficiencies are noted in the applicant’s prior credentials or experience.

Degree requirements

The Education Specialist degree in early education intervention requires a minimum of 36 post-master’s credit hours.   Additional credits may be required if it is determined that a student needs additional coursework in a specific content area to be successful in the program.

Course requirements

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirement:  Students must complete all courses with a GPA of 3.5.

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information

Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.


Each student will be assigned to an individual adviser who can assist them in understanding the course sequence and related program experiences. The adviser will help students who choose to take the elective identify a course based on their specific interests or needs, which may also enrich the applied research experience. Students will select a faculty member to mentor them on the applied research project.