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Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education (MAT-SPED)

The Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education (MAT-SPED) is a program designed to prepare special education teachers to provide research-based instruction and behavior support to facilitate the academic growth of students identified with mild disabilities who receive instruction in the general curriculum.

Successful completion of Phase I (39-45 semester hours) of the MAT-SPED program and a passing score on the required Praxis II tests leads to recommendation for initial licensure as a Special Education (general curriculum) Teacher. With the completion of Phase II (12 semester hours) of the program, the candidate qualifies for the Master's degree and the advanced level licensure.

  • The program uses a cohort model—you'll work through the program with the same students for every class - allowing for community building and networking
  • You'll learn in small classes with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • This program is approved by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • You'll demonstrate your abilities in analyzing, planning, and critical thinking in each course as well as in the culminating experience.
  • The program is designed to fit your schedule - courses can be offered in the evenings, in hybrid, and in other formats.
  • Field-based experiences are incorporated into the courses so that you have an opportunity to try your hand at the ideas and techniques you are exploring.
  • Courses include service components in which you and community partners develop learning experiences and deliver needed services to people and organizations.
  • In addition to affordable tuition, financial aid is available to those who qualify.
  • The program faculty are highly qualified in the field and regularly work in schools and with students.

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