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Master of Art in Teaching (MAT)

Graduate study is offered in special education which may lead to the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT). The Master's of Art in Teaching degree is an initial teacher certification degree for those who already have a bachelor's degree (other than in education) and wish to become certified as a teacher.


The MAT program provides an opportunity for the candidate to pursue many different certifications in the field of special education.

  • Deaf Education
  • Early Intervention*
  • Integrated/Merged Mild/Moderate
  • Significant Disabilities

*Those interested in applying for Early Intervention certification will need to complete an additional application. Please see our "How to Apply" page for details.

Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements

Students working on a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) can earn certification in both special education: mild/moderate disabilities and elementary education (grades 1-5) or a content area (English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) at the middle school (grades 4-8) or high school level (grades 6-12).

Program of Study

The program of study provides maximum flexibility for each graduate student in designing a program which will meet professional objectives. Upon acceptance, each candidate is assigned a major professor to assist in designing an appropriate program of study. The MAT includes a minimum requirement of 36 credit hours. Each candidate is required to complete at least one semester of student teaching or internship.