Through Walden's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program with a specialization in Special Education (K-Age 21), you will learn to inspire students with multiple disabilities and diverse needs from kindergarten through age 21 to learn and achieve at their fullest potential.

This program features:

  • Virtual Field Experiences as well as school-based field experiences.
  • A reflective, research-based approach to learning.
  • A curriculum based on state and national industry standards.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 8, 2017

Duration: 24 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 6 credits


More about our MAT program

  • Career Options

    A Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a specialization in special education will allow you to further your experience as a specialized teacher, or in positions such as:*

    • Special education teacher, specialist, or tester
    • Learning disabilities consultant
    • Special education advocate

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Curriculum

    The Special Education (K–Age 21) specialization can help you become effective in teaching students within multiple disabilities and diverse needs to learn and achieve at their fullest potential. In this specialization, you will:

    • Examine the unique characteristics and learning patterns relevant to different categories of exceptionalities.
    • Create adaptive behavioral, instructional, and literacy plans that complement the learning for students with special needs.
    • Explore effective assessment, monitoring, and intervention strategies that promote positive learning and remove barriers that inhibit learning.
    • Learn how to use Common Core Standards to guide your instruction methods and strategies.
    • Foster relationships with school colleagues, parents and community organizations to support students' learning and well-being.
  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MAT program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MAT program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    NCATEThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your MAT at Walden?

  • Learn With Leaders

    Walden is the choice for more than 100 state teachers of the year.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Note to all Pennsylvania residents: Walden University’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as leading to licensure and endorsement. Because this program is not reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates are instructed to apply for Pennsylvania certification as out-of-state graduates of a teacher preparation program.



“Thanks to my Walden education, I am an effective administrator who enjoys facilitating professional development."

Abigail Enz-Doerschner | MSEd Graduate