Special Education (High Incidence Elementary Education / Alternative Licensure)
Online Master's Emphasis

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The Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED) Elementary is a licensure program designed for paraeducators. 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 paraeducator. The program allows teacher candidates to earn a Kansas teaching license in High Incidence, Special Education, Grades K-6. During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time paraeducators in accredited Kansas schools, working with students in Grades K-6 who have high incidence learning needs or can be hired by a school district as the Teacher of Record using the Limited Apprentice License.

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The 36-hour program is designed to be completed in two years with six graduate credit hours of coursework 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.

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Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Master's Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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