Our Special Education program is proudly celebrating its 45th anniversary.
This program is grounded in an integrated philosophy of social justice and inclusion, while preparing teachers and individuals who are interested in this field of study to advocate for an improved quality of life for people with disabilities. The curriculum emphasizes developmentally oriented theory and research in the areas of cognitive and socio-emotional development.
Depending on your area of interest, students who enroll in a Master of Arts degree (MA) in Special Education will take additional graduate courses to be a certified specialist with an emphasis of your own choosing. For students who are interested in teaching children with special needs, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis in special education prepares candidates for initial teacher certification in mild/moderate disabilities, providing options for other certifications requirements and additional elementary content.
Betsy McMahon, MAT student
Rachel Poplack, MAT student
Students can pursue an MA and choose from one of five area of emphasis. If interested in initial teacher certification, choose the MAT with an emphasis in special education.
Master of Arts in Special Education
Earning a MA requires 33 credit hours. Adding an emphasis requires additional 18-21
Note: This program does not lead to initial teacher certification in special education.
Master of Arts in Teaching, Emphasis in Special Education
MAT requires 37 credit hours of course work and 14 hours of field experience. It prepares candidates for initial teacher certification in mild/moderate disabilities.
Certificates and Requirements
The 21-hour online advanced graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for educators and health care professionals working in schools, community agencies, residential centers and family settings who provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, psychiatric and behavioral challenges. The program also prepares professionals to teach the skills and abilities needed to live and interact responsibly in the community.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. have approved the course sequence. These classes meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.
Students will complete a sequence of seven courses. Enrollments are twice a year in a cohort format that will begin in the fall term or in the spring term.
This is an 18-hour program to complete a graduate certificate in Dyslexia.
This program offers the six required courses that are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
Earning this graduate certificate in Dyslexia, students must take all of these six courses at our main campus in St. Louis, MO.
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