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MAT in Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education K-12 Online

Program Overview

Meet the growing need for special education teachers with our accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education K-12 online degree and licensure program. This program helps prepare you to start teaching after just your first semester—as few as 14 weeks—while you complete your master’s degree online.

icon $11,025 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12-16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $11,025 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12-16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Courses for this program provide you with a comprehensive foundation of methods for assessing and teaching students on a broad spectrum of exceptional needs. After you pass your first six credit hours of coursework and necessary Praxis exams, you can earn a provisional teaching license in the state of Arkansas.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge of the field and professional ethical principles and practice standards that inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning and to advance the profession
  • Understand how exceptionalities may interact with developmental and learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Learn how to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments
  • Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Learn how to use multiple methods of assessment and data sources to inform instructional decisions
  • Select, adapt and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities
  • Study culturally responsive ways to collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and their personnel from community agencies to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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The MAT – Special Education online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $11,025
Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75


The MAT – Special Education program is designed to be flexible for working students. This program features accelerated coursework and multiple start dates—making it ideal for busy schedules.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 5wk 5/28/2019 6/28/2019 5/6/2019 5/13/2019 5/17/2019 5/24/2019 6/14/2019
5wk 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Teaching certification is NOT required to be admitted into the Master of Teaching – Special Education K-12 online program. Students interested in this program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a non-refundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution, or a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework
  • A written commitment from an educator who will function as your mentor during the degree program. Applicants should review the qualifications and responsibilities with their chosen mentor prior to having the mentor complete the Mentor Form
  • Background check (no record as a felon or sex offender)
  • Signed PRAXIS exam waiver form indicating the student understands they must pass state licensure exams in order to receive teaching licensure
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Students in the MAT – Special Education online program must complete 36 credit hours of coursework, including 10 online courses (30 credit hours) and a special education internship (six credit hours). Students who have completed the first six credit hours of ELSE courses are eligible to take Praxis 5511 and Praxis 5354 for provisional licensure in the state of Arkansas.

Students in this program must complete the following courses (36 credit hours).

ELSE 5003: SPED Academy: Foundations of Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of special education that includes the historical foundation of special education, litigation and legislation, characteristics of students with exceptionalities, assessment, the IEP process, and collaboration with families and professionals in the field of education.

ELSE 5043: Educational Diagnosis and Assessment in Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the principles and practices for assessment and identification of individuals with disabilities. Administration of formal and informal assessment instruments, and interpretation and reporting of assessment data is emphasized.

ELSE 5633: Literacy, Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Developing comprehensive understanding of diagnostic and corrective needs of individuals with reading disabilities in special education classrooms.

TE 6223: Effective Teaching with Diverse Populations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice for effective teaching of diverse students, application through the creation of unit and lesson plans.

ELSE 6023: Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced in-depth study designed to develop knowledge of the characteristics and issues related to individuals with disabilities.

ELSE 6053: Educational Procedures for Individuals with Mild Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of models for the planning and delivering of instruction to students with disabilities who require an individualized general curriculum Includes techniques and materials for teaching reading, math and writing.

RDNG 6513: Emergent Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the development of literacy skills, birth through primary grades, including the process of exposure to words, print, and the opportunity to write as a part of the literacy process. This course maintains alignment with state and national standards.

ELSE 6163: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This provides a basis of understanding and addressing behavior challenges of diverse learners. In this course a range of issues, concepts and practices centering on Positive Behavior Interventions and support (PBIS) in school, communities, and other social settings.

ELSE 6073: Educational Procedures for Individuals with Moderate-Profound Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the basic methods and materials to facilitate skill development for individuals who require an individualized functional independent living curriculum.

ELSE 6183: Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive, research-based study and overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

ELSE 6196: MAT Internship in Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 6

Supervised and directed experience in teaching for students with disabilities in grades K-12. Prerequisites, Completion of required courses in the program prior to internship and passage of Special Education Praxis II must be completed.

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