Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education

Master of Art in Teaching Special Education

This program prepares entry level educators for preK through 12th grade to teach children and youth with disabilities. These programs are approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education is intended for candidates seeking initial teacher licensure. The program provides a solid foundation in special education pedagogy through a set of core coursework and a concentration area, including clinical application and final practicum. Candidates may choose from on of the following concentration areas: General Special Education (GEN),  Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (DHH).

MAT Required Core:
ED 522Curriculum Design and Assessment3
SPED 505Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Special Education3
SPED 506Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SPED 531Psychoeducational Aspects of Exceptional Children3
SPED 561Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support3
SPED 519Final Practicum4
Total Hours19
General Special Education Concentration
SPED 550Special Education Assessment4
SPED 547Methods for High Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 551Inclusive Practices3
SPED 548Introduction to Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 532Communication Development and Interventions3
SPED 556Introduction to Learning and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities3
Total Hours19
Early Childhood Special Education Concentration
SPED 504Introduction to Services for Young Exceptional Children3
SPED 509Infant/Toddler Development3
SPED 529Assistive Technology2
SPED 532Communication Development and Interventions3
SPED 543Assessment & Methods of Teaching ECSE3
SPED 563Family and Community Systems in Early Intervention3
SPED 533Clinical Practice in Assessment1
Total Hours18
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Concentration
SPED 513Deaf Studies3
SPED 565Early Intervention: Deaf/HH3
SPED 583Strategies to Support Listening and Spoken Language3
SPED 584Teaching Language to Deaf/HH3
SPED 585Advanced Audiology for Educators of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing3
SPED 586Teaching Reading/Academics to DHH4
Pre-Requisite of an Introductory Course (SPED 512) may apply.
SPED 533Clinical Practice in Assessment1
Total Hours20