SPED K-12 Post Baccalaureate M.A.T.
Accessing the General Curriculum
This program is designed to prepare students to work collaboratively while supporting the K-12 students' with disabilities success in the general academic curriculum. Students accepted into the post baccalaureate degree M.A.T. in K-12 Special Education graduate with coursework leading to initial licensure in K-12 Special Education accessing the general curriculum. Coursework includes:
♦ Characteristics of disabling conditions,
♦ Language acquisition,
♦ Reading instruction,
♦ Curriculum and instructional methods,
♦ Classroom and behavior management,
♦ Transition, and
♦ Assistive technology
Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in working with learners with disabilities and their families in a diverse educational setting across grade levels.
Students accepted into Post Bachelor Degree M.A.T. have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meet all admissions requirements for the Graduate School. Completion of the post-bachelor degree M.A.T. program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and prepares students for initial licensure. In addition to the required graduate coursework, students may be required to complete co/prerequisite coursework depending upon their prior academic preparation in order to meet licensure requirements.
For more information regarding the application process please visit The Graduate School’s website.
The following 2 courses are pre-requisites for program. Can be built into program or taken Summer prior to admittance:
EXED 200/508 - Nature & Issues of Disabilities/
EXED 440/512 - Behavior Management in the
EXED 502 - Nature & Issues of Mild Disabilities -3
EXED 503 - Applications of Ed Tech - 1
EXED 504- Individualized Reading Interventions - 3
EXED 510 - Individual Behavior Interventions - 3
EXED 520 - Differentiation of Instruction - 3
EXED 607 - Curriculum & Methods in SPED - 3
EXED 610 - Practicum in SPED Methods - 3
EXED 612 - Psycho-educational Assessment - 3
EXED 613 - Teaching Individuals with Learning &
EXED 615 - Transition Services - 3
EXED 650 - Student Teaching - 6
EXED ___ - Practicum IEP/Behavior - 2
MIED 530 - Teaching Mathematics - 3
Additional courses beyond those listed may be required for licensure and are determined by the individual needs of the candidate and are approved by the Advisor.
The course sequence can be adjusted for part-time students.
Additional Courses May Be Added in Order to Meet Licensure Requirements Based on Transcript Review
DURING 1st SEMESTER
Transfer credit forms (Complete during first semester if applicable)
Teacher Education Application (Complete by the start of the first fall semester)
TESTS (by completion of graduate program). Click here for more information and test fees.
Praxis II: VA does not require a Praxis II for SPED. Students are encouraged to consider taking a Praxis II test in a content area if they think they can pass (e.g. Elementary content or middle school science) to earn “highly qualified” status in VA. If you want to teach outside of VA, check the ETS website for testing requirements of that state.
Comprehensive Exams (typically during the student teaching semester)
The application will open January 15.
Priority review of applications begins March 1.
Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester.
Program Director:Dr. Dani Bronaugh