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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Online

Pursue your passion for helping children with exceptionalities have the best chance at success by earning a quality graduate degree in special education online.

12/13/21 Next Application Due Date
01/10/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Discover what our online M.A.T. in Special Education offers you

$512 Per Credit Hour
As few as 18 months Program Duration
30-39 Credit Hours

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online program at Eastern Michigan University will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to serve children across the spectrum of special education. This program offers five areas of concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, and Physical and Other Health Impairment.

The Department of Special Education, and Communication Sciences and Disorders at EMU is one of the largest and most comprehensive special education and communication sciences and disorders units in the U.S. Courses are taught by professors with significant practical experience in special education. Field experience is embedded in the coursework.

Potential job titles include special education teacher for students with various impairments. This is a high-demand position in most of the U.S. EMU has almost 100% placement for SPED graduates. This program does not lead to endorsement, however, graduates can take the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in your special education area.

EMU students are nurtured and supported by our faculty. Graduates have access to a large network of educators and administrators across the U.S.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online program will be able to:

  • Collect data for behavior and academic decisions and analyze that data in order to make informed choices for changes to behavioral and academic programming to benefit the K-12 student
  • Gain an understanding of the theory of learning from a neurological perspective, and engage in strong field experiences connecting theory to reality
  • Learn to master diverse modes of inquiry, through careful examination of current research in the field as well as observational research, creating hypotheses for probable cause, then test those hypotheses by implementing new interventions that will benefit the student
  • Acquire and practice the skills to make adaptations for students from diverse cultures, linguistic background, socioeconomic status and abilities

Career opportunities:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

All professional education programs in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Tuition and Fees

Pay for Your Online Program by the Course

Whether you reside in or out of state, the M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$512 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education $512 $1,536 Varies

Cost of tuition does not include any additional applicable course fees, standard textbook fees or course materials.

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Federal Financial Aid

If you would like to be considered for financial aid at Eastern Michigan University, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal School Code for Eastern Michigan University is 002259.

Ranked among the "Best Online Graduate Education Programs" by U.S. News & World Report (2017)

Calendar

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The M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program is convenient and accessible—featuring multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar to find the class start that works best for you, along with deadlines for submitting your application, enrolling in courses and paying tuition.

Now Enrolling:

12/13/21 Next Application Due Date
01/10/22 Start Classes

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Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall II 10/19/21 09/21/21 09/28/21 10/12/21 11/04/21*
Winter I 01/10/22 12/13/21 12/20/21 01/03/22 01/28/22
Winter II 03/07/22 02/07/22 02/14/22 02/28/22 03/25/22*

*Payment may be due earlier due to registration

**Please refer here for more information for your specific payment due date

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Admissions

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We’ve streamlined the admission process for the M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program. Please review all admission requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Undergrad GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Teaching Certificate

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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • Submit names of two references who are aware of student’s capabilities
  • Submit teaching certificate
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

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Courses

Take a look at the online M.A.T. Special Education courses.

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online, students must complete a total of 30-39 credit hours, depending on whether the student currently has a SPED endorsement. Students will take 15 hours of core coursework and 11-12 hours of concentration courses. Additionally, students will take 4 hours if they currently have a SPED endorsement, and 12 hours if they do not. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

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Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course will emphasize data based procedures and applications of human development, learning, behavioral, cognitive and dynamic theories to assessment in special education. Appropriate decision-making strategies relative to educational and instructional development are stressed. The administration and interpretation of assessment techniques is included. Application of this information to the law, best practices, theory and individual needs is reviewed.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An extensive study of state and federal special education law. Topics include officials’ responsibility under the law, as well as the effects of due process (complaints, administrative law and judicial decisions) on the practice of education.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

An in-depth study of behavior management and social competence development in PreK–12 students with disabilities. Students will begin to develop their own philosophies and professional beliefs relative to behavior management and social competence based on reviews of theoretical perspectives, legal mandates, curriculum, instructional delivery and research-based effective practices. Course available only to students enrolled in M.A. Learning Disabilities or Special Education programs.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses the reciprocal interactions of families, people with disabilities, and schools. The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the social, community, and educational needs of families, and how special educators can address them, by understanding collaborative, culturally-competent, family-centered roles, and reviewing current research.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents information concerning normal language acquisition, descriptions of disorders of language development in students with disabilities, formal and informal assessment techniques used by speech/language pathologists, classroom evaluation techniques, guidelines for referral for appropriate services and intervention activities for the classroom.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Identification and Implementation of instructional and assistive technology in the special general education curriculum. Educational software, productivity, applications, digital media, adapted microcomputers, voice input/output, switching device, alternative input methods, adaptive output methods and other adaptive and assistive devices are explored. Course provides a broad knowledge base rather than disability specific information.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of the special educator relative to curriculum and transition planning at the secondary level is explored. Topics address all disability areas and settings. An approved field work practicum is required.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

Supervised internship with pupils in local schools and institutions in the disability area of professional preparation.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Supervised practicum with students in local schools and institutions in the disability area of professional preparation.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course will be to introduce students to information and literature regarding characteristics of ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), its prevalence, theories on etiology, evidence-based intervention models, formal and informal models of assessment and its impact on schools.

Duration: 7.5X weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide class participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement and evaluate the impact of PBS for the individual and their system of support. It will include understanding the role of communication in challenging behavior, identifying the functions of those behaviors, measuring behaviors, taking baseline data, teaching new skills that serve the same function in the challenging behavior and preventing the reoccurrence of those behaviors and the graphic representation of the PBS process.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Identification of best practices in curriculum design, instructional strategies and techniques are the pivotal components of this course. Students will investigate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and will develop curricular framework which support the unique learning styles of students with ASD and which permit students the greatest access to education within inclusive settings.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Participants will demonstrate how the learning, communication, socialization skills and behavioral challenges of students with ASD can be addressed through the use of visual supports and other forms of literacy. Students will understand the relationship between unsupported learning for students with ASD and learn to use visual schedules and other forms of visual support.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to the field of cognitive impairments and related developmental disabilities from perspectives of different systems. Focus is on the medical, historical, political, educational and adult systems that affect persons with cognitive impairment. The range of philosophies influencing educational practices and life management will be discussed.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Philosophy, curriculum, assessment, teaching methods and classroom management techniques for students with moderate or severe cognitive impairment, or with multiple impairments. A three-hour per week field experience is an integral component of the course.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary to the education of students with mild cognitive impairment and other high incidence disabilities in the inclusive general education classroom or cross-categorical self-contained classroom. Topics include clinical and diagnostic teaching, evidence-based curriculums, effective instructional methods and strategies for academic subjects, academic behavior management, IEP development and implementation, and lesson modifications and classroom accommodations. Field Experience is required.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Teaching methods, techniques and materials for educating elementary age children with emotional impairments will be presented. In addition, types of programs serving elementary age students with emotional impairment, as well as the individualized education program and federal and state rules governing the programs will be discussed.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Theories about the etiology of emotional-behavioral impairments is explored and applied to cases that involve children and adolescents. Emphasis is on the ability to analyze abnormal behaviors discussed in a variety of texts from different theoretical perspectives for the purpose of identifying appropriate intervention treatments. A field component is required.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive study of a problem or group of problems, under the direction of a University faculty member. Not more than six hours of special topics may be used on a degree program.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to the fields of learning disabilities and other mild disabilities: history, terminology, etiology, and psycho-neurological processing. This course presents the theoretical basis for providing appropriate educational services for students with learning disabilities and/or other mild disabilities. Additionally, this course will present in-depth information on processing skills and will provide practical skills for identifying the link between academic strengths and weaknesses. This course exposes students to a variety of service delivery models and provides opportunities to observe individuals with learning disabilities and/or other mild disabilities in three different classroom settings to equal 30 hours of observation.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on integrated curriculum (PreK–12) in special education across the areas of mathematics and motor development. Students will gain decision-making experiences in the selection of effective teaching/learning approaches, and explore the selection, uses an evaluation of a broad base of instructional methods and strategies addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a full continuum of special education settings.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the development of effective decision-making strategies in the selection of appropriate teaching/learning approaches in linguistics and language arts. Students will explore selection, uses and evaluation of a broad base of instructional methods and strategies addressing the needs of K–12 students with disabilities.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

An intensive study of a problem or group of problems, under the direction of a University faculty member. Not more than six hours of special topics may be used on a degree program.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to the field of cognitive impairments and related developmental disabilities from perspectives of different systems. Focus is on the medical, historical, political, educational and adult systems that affect persons with cognitive impairment. The range of philosophies influencing educational practices and life management will be discussed.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Information concerning the individual disciplines that provide ancillary services to physically and health impaired students. Skills involving the use of adaptive equipment, manipulation of orthotics, and implementation of health intervention and maintenance procedures will be learned.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course encompasses information and develops skills needed to develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum and methods for the preschool and elementary physically and otherwise health impaired student. All aspects of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor education are explored. Emphasis is placed upon individualized instruction and programming, adaptations and modification of instructional methods and materials, remediation, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, personal adjustment, prevocational education and leisure activities. A directed classroom laboratory is required.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

An intensive study of a problem or group of problems, under the direction of a University faculty member. Not more than six hours of special topics may be used on a degree program.

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