Special Education (MAT)


2016-2017 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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--This page was modified on 07 July 2016.--
--Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--

This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

This is a graduate degree program designed to provide the foundation for teacher preparation leading to initial Missouri teacher certification in Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross-Categorical (K-12). Coursework is specifically directed towards knowledge of characteristics of learners with special needs, assessment practices, research-based behavior and academic interventions, and inclusive practices.

This program is offered at the St. Louis home campus.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Special Education MAT is to cultivate graduates who are:

  • knowledgeable of the history of special education, characteristics of students with disabilities, and principles and foundations underlying best practices;
  • proficient in designing, adapting, and modifying effective assessment plans, instructional strategies and curricula, and/or intervention plans based on current research regarding cognitive, social, and emotional development in students with disabilities;
  • reflective about their roles as educators to improve learning outcomes, and who collaborate with families and other members of the community in order to advocate for inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for persons with disabilities; and
  • capable of recognizing, valuing, and responding to the unique individual abilities and differences of students with special needs.

Requirements for Missouri Initial Teacher Certification in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Students are advised to contact Webster University's Teacher Certification Office for a transcript evaluation and information regarding teacher certification. Successful completion of a portfolio may be required prior to a recommendation for an initial teacher certification from the university to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To obtain teaching licensure in Missouri, students are required to complete a number of assessments. Assessments are administered by a state designated agency and students are expected to pay for each required assessment.  

Successful completion of the MAT special education degree program does not guarantee the issuance of a Missouri teacher certificate in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

Program Curriculum

The special education MAT requires a minimum of forty (40) hours of coursework in special education, including successful completion, with a B- or better, of eight (8) hours of SPED 5091 Apprentice Teaching. Students are advised that the full initial certification in Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross Categorical (K-12) may require more than the forty hours required for the MAT degree.

Required Coursework

The following courses, for a total of twenty-two (22) hours, are required for the special education MAT and must be taken while in residence with Webster University:

  • SPED 5091 Apprentice Teaching (8 hours)
    (may be fulfilled by Credit by Examination)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • SPED 5090 Practicum: Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross-Categorical (2 hours)
  • SPED 5030 Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 hours)
  • SPED 5380 Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (3 hours)
  • SPED 5381 Methods for students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5000 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 hours)

In addition to the above coursework, a minimum of twenty- one (21) semester hours of coursework from the following special education courses* are required to complete the MAT degree requirements:

  • SPED 5860 Psychology of the Exceptional Student (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5505 Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology**(3 hours)
  • SPED 5245 Counseling for Life’s Transitions (3 hours)
  • SPED 5240 Psycho-educational Assessment I (3 hours)
  • SPED 5050 Language Development (3 hours)
  • SPED 5010 Differentiated Mathematics Instruction(3 hours)
  • COMM 5960 Differentiated Reading Instruction(3 hours)
  • SPED 5250 Behavior Management for Children with Special Needs (2-3 hours)
  • EDUC 5080 Planning for the Inclusive Classroom (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5410 In-Service Topics in Educational Technology (1 hour)

*All of the courses below are required to complete the requirements for initial Missouri teacher certification in Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross-Categorical.

**This course meets the requirements for Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and Educational Psychology.

The following courses (or equivalent courses) are also required for a Missouri initial teacher certificate in Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross Categorical.

  • MTHT 4310 Elementary-School Mathematics Methods*** (2 hours)

*** May not be used to meet the requirements of a MAT degree.

Two courses from the following (minimum of 6 hours):

  • COMM 5820 Foundations in Reading Instruction (3 hours)
  • COMM 5840 Reading and Writing as Cognitive Processes (3 hours)
  • COMM 5920 Teaching Reading in Content Fields (3 hours)

Application to SPED 5090, Practicum

Registration in SPED 5090:  Practicum Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross-Categorical must be approved by the student’s advisor by the application deadline.  Applications for practicum are completed through TK20.  Directions are located on the School of Education website.  No late applications will be accepted.  A grade of B or better is required for the practicum.

Application to SPED 5091, Apprentice Teaching

Successful completion of SPED 5091, Apprentice Teaching, is required to meet the graduation requirements of the Special Education MAT. This requirement may be completed by registration in a traditional 16-week apprentice teaching experience. Students who are full-time paraprofessionals or teachers in an approved educational setting may be awarded credit through credit by experience.  Application and registration for SPED 5091 must be approved by the student’s advisor by the application deadline.  Applications for apprentice teaching are completed through TK20.  Directions are located on the School of Education website.  No late applications will be accepted.

Eligibility requirements for acceptance to SPED 5091, Apprentice Teaching

  • Students must have successfully completed all but two required courses for initial teacher certification in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
  • Students must have passed with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score in the state-required Missouri Content Assessments
  • Students must have successfully completed, with a grade of B or better, the requirements of SPED 5090, Practicum Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Cross-Categorical.

  Content Area Emphasis

To gain additional expertise in elementary, middle school, or secondary content and better prepare for Missouri licensure assessments, students may choose to complete an additional 12 hours in a content emphasis.  Students may choose an emphasis in elementary content, middle school content, or secondary content.

Elementary Content

The following coursework is required for an elementary content emphasis:

  • COMM 5440 Integrated Language Arts (3 credits)
  • COMM 5000 Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry for Children (3 credits)
  • CMAT 5020 Inquiry Methods for STEM and Social Sciences (3 credits)
  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing
    or COMM 5340 Language Arts Seminar (3 credits)

Middle School Content

The following coursework is required for a middle school content emphasis:

  • SOCS 5760 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing
    or COMM 5340 Language Arts Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two of the following:
    • MTHT 4450 Middle School Mathematics Methods (3 credits)
    • SCIC 5010 Contemporary Strategies Elementary and Middle School Science (3 credits)
    • SOCS 5010 Social Studies for Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • COMM 5440 Integrated Language Arts (3 credits)

Secondary Content

The following coursework is required for a secondary content emphasis:

  • COMM 5187 Secondary Techniques (3 credits)
  • One of the following
    • MTHT 4460 Secondary Mathematics Methods (3 credits)
    • SCIN 4060  Methods in Science Teaching (3 credits)
    • SOCS 5010 Social Studies for Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • COMM 5440 Integrated Language Arts (3 credits)
  • Two graduate-level courses linking to student’s area of content specialization

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcript from the baccalaureate-granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • B- or better in a college-level math course.
  • B- or better in a college-level composition course.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119-3141

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Department of Teacher Education

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) represents a significant milestone in a candidate's academic career. Candidates who successfully advance to candidacy have demonstrated mastery of program standards and may continue enrolling in courses to complete their major. In the case of the MAT ATC means that a student is formally enrolled in the initial teacher certification program.

Advancement to Candidacy occurs provided that a student:

  1. Completes 12 hours of graduate credit with grades of B or better (including CMAT 5000)
  2. Is accepted into the Teacher Certification program (contact the School of Education Teacher Certification Office for more information)
  3. Remains in good academic standing and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Candidates will be restricted from registering in further coursework until advanced to candidacy

Transfer of Credit

Students may request to transfer up to twelve (12) hours of graduate-level credit from another accredited graduate institution. Students who have graduated from Webster University may transfer up to twelve (12) hours of 4000 level coursework in special education. The course(s) being transferred must meet the following criteria:

  • The course is required to achieve the program goals and is relevant to the student's major.
  • The course carries upper division (4000) or graduate credit toward an accredited master's degree program at the sponsoring institution.
  • The course was not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.
  • The course must carry a grade of A, B, or Credit.
  • The course must have been completed within five years before admission into the program.
  • The course is not on the list of required courses to be taken while in residence at Webster University.

Students may request approval of the transfer courses at any time after admission to the program. Approved transfer hours are not used in evaluating advancement-to-candidacy or probation and dismissal actions.

--This page was modified on 07 July 2016.--
--Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--