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Teaching students with special needs stands among the most fulfilling and rewarding careers within the field of education. With courses that explore the needs of students with autism and communication disorders, dyslexia and math disorders, reading disorders and more, our graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by students with specific learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and emotional disorders. Throughout the program, graduates will master how to develop and implement individualized education programs and 504 plans, conduct functional behavioral assessments and design behavioral intervention programs — all in an effort to prepare them for success in many roles within the field of special education.

Designed for prospective teachers who have already earned their bachelor's degree, the MAT in Special Education program is a cost-effective 5-semester experience resulting in both a master's degree and initial teaching certification. Students will begin studying during the fall semester as full-time graduate students and spend the first two semesters interning in a nearby school while taking focused special education courses online or foundational education courses on-campus in the evenings.