The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree in Special Education is an ideal degree program for classroom teachers who wish to pursue teaching in the area of special education. In addition, those who enroll in this program will have the potential to build confidence in teaching, gain new ideas for current best practices of teaching, develop skills for reaching all students, and share ideas with other professionals in the field. This program is supported by highly qualified faculty who provide an excellent combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. (38 credits)
Certified teachers may receive an endorsement to teach in K-12 Special Education programs requiring approval in either Cognitive Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Emotional Impairments by completing the required courses within the respective endorsement program. These endorsement are combined with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Most coursework taken for the endorsements is applicable toward the completion of the Master's program.
Special education teachers work with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities. A small number of special education teachers work with students with severe cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities, primarily teaching them life skills and basic literacy. However, the majority of special education teachers work with children with mild to moderate disabilities, using or modifying the general education curriculum to meet the child's individual needs and providing required remedial instruction. Most special education teachers instruct students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary school level, although some work with infants and toddlers.
Employment of special education teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increasing enrollment and continued demand for special education services. The median annual wage of special education teachers was $53,220 in May 2010. http://www.bls.gov/