Online Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education
The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education is an
alternative certification program
designed to prepare career-changing professionals and those with a bachelor’s in a field other than education to teach students with disabilities.
Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, this Special Education-focused MAT equips graduates with relevant knowledge that they can immediately apply in the classroom. Teachers pursuing an MSD or LBD Alternative Certification are required to be employed on a provisional teaching certification.
As a student in the online MAT program at UofL, you can cultivate the skills needed to teach students who have disabilities that affect their academic achievement and behavior. By learning how to implement effective instructional methods, you can make education accessible for all students. Specializations are available in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (MSD) and Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD).
This program leads to MSD or LBD certification only. Individuals completing this program would not be certified to teach general education (Elementary, Middle or Secondary) unless they completed an additional certification program. Graduates of this program will primarily be certified to teach students with moderate and severe disabilities or learning and behavior disorders in Kentucky.
*Applicants who wish to enroll in the Alternative Certification program can start in the Summer Term. MAT Alternative Certification applicants must obtain full-time employment before the fall semester, teaching students in a special education classroom. Applicants who wish to start in the Fall may enroll in the Traditional option first until they obtain employment.
Personal essays uploaded with your application – each essay should be double-spaced (Times New Roman 12 point font) and no more than 3 pages
In what ways has your cultural heritage and background influenced the way you learn, and impacted your interactions with others who come from a different cultural background? Describe an example of an injustice or inequity that you witnessed, experienced, or became aware of, and your response at that time. Then, explain how you would respond if it occurred again. Finally, explain how you would support respect for diversity in your future classroom, and how you would demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity.
In thinking about the characteristics of an effective teacher, name one characteristic as your greatest strength and explain why this characteristic is important to effective teaching. Name one or two characteristic(s) you need to develop to become an effective teacher, and your plan for improvement.
Please note that we already assume you “love kids” and “have patience.” Your answers should be based on careful reflection and may include such dispositional qualities as: initiative, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, creativity, preparation/organization, responsibility, reflection, collaboration, dedication, and/or dependability.
Out-of-state certified teachers should be advised that we cannot guarantee that our program will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. As part of the admission process, we will require a written statement confirming their interest in the program for personal development and that they understand the program is designed to meet Kentucky certification requirements only. For more information, please contact our academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon admission to the program, students will work directly and collaboratively with their assigned advisor to complete any additional requirements before enrolling.
For questions about application and enrollment to the online MAT Special Ed, please email email@example.com or call 800.871.8635.
The MAT in Special Education is a 30-36 credit hour program depending on your concentration. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop your knowledge of student characteristics and teaching pedagogy.