MAT Exceptional Child


The Master of Arts in Teaching in Exceptional Child at Southeast Missouri State University is an online graduate degree that offers two emphasis areas: Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical and Early Childhood Special Education. This program is designed for someone who does not have an undergraduate degree in education or a teaching certificate. This graduate program leads to an initial teaching certificate in either Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical (K – 12) or Early Childhood Special Education (Birth – 3 rd gr.). The MAT program in Exceptional Child Education has 53 credit hours of online course work, including two 1-credit hour field experiences and a 12-week student teaching practicum.

What You'll Do

  • Earn a Masters degree while also receiving an initial teaching certificate in either Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Education or Early Childhood Special Education
  • Complete course work online and at their own pace
  • Complete field experiences, supervised virtually by education faculty
  • Complete a practical research project relating to teaching in special education

What You'll Study

  • EX618 Intro to Children with Exceptionalities
  • EX601 Educational Assesment
  • EL615 Action Research
  • EL644 Process of Reading

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Students in this program will complete internships in classrooms with students of varying ages and abilities. The Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical emphasis area (K – 12) requires field experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels, and the Early Childhood Special Education emphasis area (Birth – 3 rd gr.) requires field work with three age levels: infant/toddler, preschool, and K – 3 primary grades. Students will work under the supervision of a certified special education teacher.


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