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Master of Arts in Teaching
Special Education

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. The M.A.T. in Special Education is designed for candidates who are seeking initial certification in special education.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio-conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

Application Requirements

For application requirements and Praxis I and II Exam information please visit the School of Education website.

Rural Alaska Experience

Students completing the internship or student teaching during spring semester are eligible to visit a rural community in Alaska and observe and teach in the community school. The School of Education will arrange a 7 to 10 day visit and cover the airfare costs associated with the travel.



Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the M.A.T. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Program Requirements36
EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDS605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Advanced Educational Psychology 
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3
Exit Criteria
  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
 
 

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