Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education

Gain the Skills to Teach Students with Special Needs

IU South Bend’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a major in Special Education prepares individuals seeking an initial or first licensure in P-!2 special education (mild intervention). The MAT program is for individuals who have already earned a Baccalaureate degree and who are interested in becoming a licensed special education teacher or for teachers seeking to add special education to their license. The MAT provides the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required of special education teachers. The IU South Bend special education master’s program has a strong reputation in the regional educational community.

Features of the MAT Program

  • Attend graduate classes during weekday evening hours to accommodate the schedules of working adults.
  • Take 36 credit hours and earn the master’s degree and licensure in mild interventions simultaneously.
  • Participate in small classes held primarily on the South Bend campus to facilitate group discussions and develop a strong graduate support system.
  • Take some graduate classes online for added convenience and fast-track learning.
  • Complete the master’s program in just 2 ½ years of study.

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MAT Highlights:

  • Currently the only MAT in Special Education program at any traditional Indiana university.
  • For individuals seeking a career change into special education.
  • Complete student teaching.
  • Learn from instructors who are experienced with teaching special education in public schools and who are regularly called upon to present their ideas at national conferences.
  • Participate in a science-based special education master’s program that is performance based.

Examples of MAT courses:

Advanced Classroom Management Techniques for Special Educators – Focus on in-depth application of behavioral and instructional interventions for exceptional learners from diverse backgrounds. Course includes techniques in positive behavioral support, problem solving, crisis intervention, social skills development, self-advocacy, classroom management, and group and individual behavior management. Emphasizes integration in general education environments. 

Math and Science Methods for Special Education – Examine the various approaches to teaching and adapting mathematics and science for students with special needs. Gives special attention to writing instructional objectives and accommodations for classrooms and Individualized Education Programs. 

Language Arts Methods for Special Education – Understand the various approaches to teaching and adapting reading and writing for students with special needs. Gives special attention to writing instructional objectives and accommodations for classrooms and individualized education programs.

Career Outlook for Special Education Teachers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 13-20 percent growth in the need for special education through the decade ending in 2018. This is substantially higher than the average growth in openings expected across all occupations. Part of this increase in opportunity stems from the increased number of children being diagnosed with special need at an early age. For more information, click here.

For information regarding degree requirements for the MAT in Special Education, click here.