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Special Education, M.A.T.
Distance Delivery

Please note: This program is only available to individuals residing within the state of Alaska.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. This program is designed for candidates who do not currently have a teaching certificate. 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 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.


  • Jill Burkert
  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6033

  • Delores Graver
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6424

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Special Education

Step 1: Consult with Jill Burkert (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

Attn: Deema Ferguson
UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials or the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application:


  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual’s program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.


  1. GPA of 3.0 from undergraduate transcript. (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor.


  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must TAKE the Praxis CASE test for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum.
  4. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not be counted as passing.


All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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