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Special Education, M.A.T.
Distance Delivery

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.

Applicants to Special Education degree programs at UAS can apply for the TEACH Grant after being admitted if they meet other eligibility requirements. Please see the flyer at the following website for general information about the TEACH Grant: Specific information about applying for the TEACH Grant at UAS is available at the following website when you click on the "TEACH Grant" tab:

Please note: Due to mandatory supervision requirements this program is currently only available to candidates who live in Alaska. Candidates living outside Alaska are welcome to apply to this program, but should understand that this program is specifically designed to train teachers for the unique teaching conditions of various Alaskan communities and that applicants will need to reside in Alaska to complete the program.


  • Susan M. Andrews
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6412

  • Elisabeth Genaux
  • Student Services Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6076

Degree Requirements

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

Updated Admissions Requirements

Please note the requirement for the Interested Persons Report (IPR) is currently being waived. Please contact the Alaska College of Education with any questions at 907-796-6076.

Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Special Education

Step 1: Consult with Susan Andrews (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

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:

  • Graduate application for admission (MAT program);
  • Admission fee of $60;
  • Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted.
  • Two recommendations written by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance and are not related to you;
    • This requirement can be met by logging in to the UAS application portal and providing contact information for two references.
  • Writing sample per these instructions;
  • Passing Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) exam results -see note #3 (Register @ ETS);
  • Background Check;
    • Visit your local law enforcement office to request an “interested person’s report” – this report usually costs about $20 and should be faxed to 907-796-6002.
    • You can also complete and mail the linked form above with a check or money order to the Bureau of Criminal Records and Identification (mailing address listed on form) if you have trouble getting this report locally.


  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 Alaska College of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must TAKE and PASS the Praxis CASE/Core exam for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE/Core prior to admission.
  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.

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Praxis II exam (Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.

All education programs through the Alaska College of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP accreditation signifies that the AKCoE has met the rigorous standards set forth for educator preparation.


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