Graduate Programs in Special Education

The Special Education Program currently offers three types of post-baccalaureate degrees and programs: two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), as well as an add-on Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) licensure program.

The M.A.Ed. program is for teachers who have a degree in education and an A level license. The program consists of 30-33 hours of graduate study. Depending on their area of licensure, students may have to take some prerequisites. Students can choose from one of three areas for their emphasis:

  • Gifted Creative and Innovative Education 
  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Severe/Profound Disabilities
The M.A.T. program is designed for those persons who do not have a degree in education. Qualified persons with a B.A. or B.S. degree can earn a teaching license and graduate degree simultaneously. The program consists of 39-45 hours of graduate study.  Students can chose from the following areas for their emphasis:
  • Adapted Curriculum
  • General Curriculum

Courses in both the M.A.Ed. and the M.A.T. programs are offered online.

The AIG program leads to an AIG license that can be added to any academic area license. The program consists of 12 graduate hours in gifted education. All courses are online with the exception of a one-week field experience in June.

In addition to licensure options, the Special Education Graduate Program offers teachers a professional development credential in three critical skill areas:

  • Creativity and Differentiation
  • Response to Intervention for Social and Emotional Behavior
  • Collaboration with Families and Professionals

This online professional development opportunity is highly interactive and will help address real issues you face in today's classrooms.

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For additional information on our degree programs or for specific questions, please contact the Special Education Coordinator.


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