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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. (37 credits)

Special Education Endorsements

Certified teachers may receive an endorsement to teach in K-12 Special Education programs requiring approval in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, or Learning Disabilities, 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.

Benefits of a Special Education Degree

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 projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation. The median annual wage of special education teachers was $57,910 in May 2016.

Other Helpful Links

Council for the Exceptional Children

Special Education Program Requirements


Master of Arts Teaching

Individuals interested in applying to our MAT program are encouraged to contact their Faculty Advisor according to specialization for further information and to discuss various options. To schedule an appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor (based on the first letter of your last name) directly by phone or email.

MAT Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder
MAT Special Education -Cognitive Impairment
MAT Special Education Learning Disabilities

Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education