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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Special Education (K–Age 21).

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

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More about our MAT program

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.

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.

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this 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 and continuing all the way through your first day of classes.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

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Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

CAEP Accredited Provider

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

CAEP accreditation is based on a review of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership’s initial teacher preparation programs—the BS in Elementary Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education—and advanced educator preparation programs—the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration and the MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration. Three of these programs were reviewed by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), which defines content-area standards for programs, and achieved national recognition: Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education, EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, and MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Why earn your MAT at Walden?

Jennifer Leach

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

Abigail Enz-Doerschner | MSEd Graduate

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

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 www.waldenu.edu/edulicensure.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu 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 prof.educ@k12.wa.us 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.