The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education is for current or future teachers who desire a master’s degree with special education endorsement (choice of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, or Physical/Other Health Impairment).

This program is for those who fall into one of the following three groups:

  • Group 1 - Students seeking teacher certification with an initial special education endorsement as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
  • Group 2 - Students who already have a teaching certificate in an area of general education (elementary or secondary) and want to add a special education endorsement and attain a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
  • Group 3 - Students who have both a teaching certificate and initial special education endorsement and want to add another special education endorsement in addition to earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree.

What You Will Learn

You will learn the range and depth required to accommodate contemporary education programs and service delivery systems.


Certified teachers with one or more of the offered endorsements can teach classrooms with children with exceptional learning needs in grades K-12. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

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