Special Education, M.A.T.


Contact: Dr. Jill Burkert
(907) 796-6033

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program focuses on the unique needs of:

  1. children and youth with disabilities;
  2. Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
  3. Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities.

The M.A.T. in Special Education is designed for candidates who are seeking initial certification in special education. 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.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation on SOE form.
  4. Person of Interest Report
  5. Admission Writing Sample
  6. Passing Praxis Core/CASE exam results. Scores must be sent to UAS (code R4897) and the Department of Education & Early Development (code R7027).

Additional information and links to forms at: uas.alaska.edu/education/programs/mat-speced.html

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
Program Requirements39
Foundational Course
ALST S300Alaska Studies3
ED S380Multicultural Education3
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Program Requirements
ED S621ACurriculum Development A1
ED S621BCurriculum Development B1
ED S621CCurriculum Development C1
ED S688Student Teaching6
EDSE S605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSE S610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSE S612Curriculum and Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSE S622Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSE S677Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention3
EDSE S685Transition Planning for Secondary Students3
EDSE S692Seminar: Special Education: Secondary3
EDSE S694 (Special Education Practicum)3
EDSE S695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Select one of the following:3
Literacy and Young Children
Alaska Literature for Young People
Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades
Classroom Research
Educational Research
Technology in Instructional Design
Mathematical Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers
Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at All Levels
Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas
Classroom Management and Child Guidance in ECE
Advisor approved Elective
Total Credits48

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis Core exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification