MAT in Special Education

Are you interested in learning the history of special education, characteristics of students with disabilities and principles and foundations of best practices?  Do you want to learn how to collaborate with families and other members of the community to assist in achieving better student outcomes? A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education at Webster University provides the foundation for teacher preparation leading to initial Missouri teacher certification in Special Education: Cross-Categorical.

Improvements that have allowed learning disabilities to be diagnosed at earlier ages have created an increased demand for qualified special education instructors. Legislation emphasizing training and employment for individuals with disabilities, higher educational standards for children with disabilities, and improved methods of identifying special needs in foreign-born students makes it imperative to keep up with the most current best practices in teaching.

Coursework is specifically directed towards special education practice. In addition to designing, adapting and modifying assessment plans, you'll develop instructional strategies and intervention plans based on the most current research relating to students with disabilities.

Points of Distinction

  • Education programs recognized for their excellence and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, by the International Reading Association, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Partnerships with area school districts enable you to teach and learn within the context of real schools with all the challenges, diversity, and opportunities that bring learning to life.
  • Webster University's worldwide context allows interaction with learners from around the world through online education and/or study at one of the university's many international campuses.

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