Special Education, M.A.T.

e-Learning

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, offering courses in the evenings. Courses are offered year round online using a variety of virtual platforms. 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.

Requires membership in the SOE data management system. Refer to the FAQ in the Student Services page of the SOE website for additional information https://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/student-services/index.html 

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. An official transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation on UAS form.
  4. A writing sample consisting of (a) Statement of professional objectives, 1 to 2 pages in length and (b) Statement of your commitment to diversity in the classroom, 1 to 2 pages in length. Instructions for writing sample:  MAT Writing Sample Instructions
  5. Successful completion of the DEED required courses for teacher certification in the state of Alaska
    1. One course meeting the Alaska Studies requirement
    2. One course meeting the Multi-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Communication requirement.
  6. Passing Praxis Core/CASE exam scores must be sent to UAS Admissions and to the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) using the code R7027.  Additional instructions and information on this requirement: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/documents/Praxis_CASE.pdf

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis Core/CASE exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.
  4. Praxis II exam (Special Education Core Knowledge and Application exam 5354), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification. Score reports must be sent to UAS Admissions and to DEED.
Minimum Credit Hours 39
Foundational Courses 6
Program Requirements 39
Foundational Course
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
EDSE S486Special Education in the Alaskan Context3
Program Requirements
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 S694Special Education Practicum (Special Education Practicum)3
EDSE S695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Major Elective
Select two of the following:6
Supporting Student Engagement
Literacy and Young Children
Alaska Literature for Young People
Classroom Management and Child Guidance in ECE 1
Upper division course 2
Advisor Approved
Total Credits45

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis Core exam scores meeting the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.
  4. Praxis II exam (Special Education Core Knowledge and Application exam 5354), with scores meeting the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.