Program Description

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Exceptional Child program is designed for those that do not have a degree in education or a teaching certificate. The program offers cohesive online graduate-level coursework and supervised field experiences in special education content and pedagogy with two options for certification: 

  • Early Childhood Special Education (birth-third grade)
  • Mild/Moderate and Cross-Categorical (K-12th grade).

Unique Features

  • Coursework is offered with online faculty support through advising, mentorship, and internship guidance. 
  • Teachers will integrate experiential learning with high-quality technology to enhance students. 
  • Additionally, graduates with this degree receive education that aligns with state mandates and brings them to a higher pay scale.

Admissions Requirements

Early Childhood Special Education Certification: Passing Score of 064 on the Early Childhood Education MO Content Assessment 

Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Certification: Passing Scores of 007-010 in 4 subtests on the Elementary Education Multi-Content Exam

  • 2.75 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
  • Completion of Missouri Education Profile (MEP) 
  • Pre-Requisites: 
    • PY120 The Child or PY222 Adolescent Development or PY521 Advanced Child Development (or equivalent course) 
    • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child or EX 635 Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs (or equivalent course) 
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Tutoring
  • Educational Consultant
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C)
  • Special Education Advocate


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