The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED) is a licensure program designed for para-educators. It is a two year, 36 hour, online program that begins each summer. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching area and at least one year experience working as a para-educator. The program allows teacher candidates to earn a Kansas teaching license in High-Incidence, formerly Adaptive, Special Education, grades 6-12. During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs.
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The 36 hour program is designed to be completed in a two years with six graduate credit hours of course work being completed each semester. Courses are to be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience. Course content is presented online by utilizing Canvas, a learning management system. Candidates must be employed as a para-educator in a secondary high-incidence setting during the entirety of the program. This is the only Para-Educator to Licensed Special Education teacher program in Kansas.
The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education prepares para-educators who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any major (from an accredited university) to take and pass the Principle of Teaching and Learning Praxis test and the Special Education PRAXIS test to earn a Kansas High Incidence Special Education grades 6-12 teaching license.
A Low Incidence Endorsement can be added after obtaining the High Incidence Special Education teaching license. (See the Low Incidence Endorsement program.)
During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs. All of the courses and course assignments are predicated on working with middle/secondary students with high-incidence learning needs.
Admission to this graduate degree program requires:
Students in the Teaching (Special Education / Alternative Licensure) program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.