Students accepted into the 5-year M.A.T. in SPED K-12 graduate with course work leading to initial licensure in SPED K-12 - Accessing the General Curriculum. This program is designed to prepare students to work collaboratively while enhancing the K-12 students' with disabilities success in the general academic curriculum. The special education content meets the requirements for Highly Qualified in Special Education. Students take coursework in:
◊ Foundations of education and special education, language acquisition,
◊ Reading instruction,
◊ Characteristics of exceptionalities,
◊ Special Education (SPED) assessment,
◊ SPED curriculum and instructional methods,
◊ Classroom and behavior management,
◊ Collaboration, and
◊ Transition, and
Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in working with learners with disabilities. Five-year M.A.T. students major in a liberal arts program such as IDLS and "minor" in Special Education, taking approximately 122 credit hours at the Undergraduate level and 30 credit hours at the Graduate level. Students proceed through the program in a set course sequence, with each course building on the content previously provided. Students must apply for admission into the Graduate School and meet all admission requirements in order to continue for the Fifth Year of this program. Under “Helpful Links” is more information on the Program Course Sequence and SPED K-12 5-Year Program Tasks.
SPED K-12 Teaching supports students studying abroad but, at this time, no course credits for the program can be taken abroad.
You can often earn IDLS credits for studing abroad. Please contact your IDLS advisor for more information.
Dr. Sharon Blatz