Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
with an Emphasis in Special Education

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Advance as an educator

Webster University’s Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Special Education provides opportunities to gain in-depth expertise to address specific needs of exceptional learners. This comprehensive 50 credit-hour program will empower you with a strong knowledge base of content, child and adolescent development and current research that supports best practices in education.

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Why Webster for your MAT with a Special Education Emphasis?

Expand your learning to enhance theirs

In addition to hands-on experiences that put theory into practice and build your teaching skills, the Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Special Education provides the foundation for teacher preparation leading to Missouri initial teacher certification. This program is designed for:

Elevate your special education expertise

Special Education teachers play a pivotal role in offering specific support and instruction to students with special leaning needs. Through Webster’s comprehensive curriculum and engaging field experiences, you will graduate:

Program curriculum

You’ll complete 50 credit hours to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Special Education. This includes 36 credit hours of coursework and 14 credit hours of field experiences.

Your course list

Of the 50 total credit hours required for the MAT, you must complete a minimum of 31 credit hours in residence, with courses required in residence marked below with an asterisk.

  • Counseling for Life's Transitions*
  • Teaching in a Diverse Society*
  • Digital Pedagogy and Assistive Learning Technologies
  • Language Development
  • Psychological Foundations of Education^
  • Psychoeducational Assessment*

^CMAT 5505 meets the requirements for Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and Educational Psychology.

  • Behavior Management for Children with Special Needs*
  • Differentiated Mathematics Instruction
  • ELEM/SPED Differentiated Reading Assessment and Intervention
  • Inclusive Practices and Methods for Teaching English Learners
  • Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities I*
  • Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities II*

Clinical Experiences
  • Apprentice Teaching: K-12 Special Education*
  • Apprentice Teaching Seminar*
  • Introductory Teaching Practicum*
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Practicum: K-12 Special Education*

Learn More About Your Options

Advance your special education career

Special education teachers are in demand in traditional K-12 settings, as well as specialized programs, early intervention services and community support organizations. With your Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Special Education from Webster, you’ll be prepared for a career such as:

Special Education Teacher


(Median Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Community Service Manager


(Median Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Health Education Specialist


(Median Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your teaching master’s with a Special Education emphasis.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your CAEP-accredited Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Special Education from Webster University, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Professors. Professionals. Mentors.

Gain real-world knowledge from faculty experts with professional experience. Our professors serve as mentors eager to support your career goals and connect you to opportunities, including internships and jobs.