Teaching (Secondary Special Education / Alternative Licensure)
Online Master's Emphasis

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Overview


The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED) is a licensure program designed for para-educators. It is a two year, 36 hour, online program that begins each summer. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching area and at least one year experience working as a para-educator. The program allows teacher candidates to earn a Kansas teaching license in High-Incidence, Special Education, grades 6-12. During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs or can be hired by a school district as the Teacher of Record using the Limited Apprentice License. 

Ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report

Cost


$382*

  • Total per credit hour

36

  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $13,752*
    ( $346 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 36 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2018-2019 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2018-2019 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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The 36 hour program is designed to be completed in a two years with six graduate credit hours of course work being completed each semester. Courses are to be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience. Course content is presented online by utilizing Canvas, a learning management system. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education prepares para-educators who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any major (from an accredited university) to take and pass the Principle of Teaching and Learning Praxis test and the Special Education PRAXIS test to earn a Kansas  High Incidence Special Education grades 6-12 teaching license.

A Low Incidence Endorsement can be added after obtaining the High Incidence Special Education teaching license.  (See the Low Incidence Endorsement program.)

During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs.  All of the courses and course assignments are predicated on working with middle/secondary students with high-incidence learning needs.

About Teaching and Leadership Department


Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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