Teachers and schools are in the news almost every single day. Test scores are up, test scores are down, money is being cut, programs are being eliminated, and a “shift is happening” in the teaching workforce. The Master of Arts in Teaching program at St. Edward’s University is ready to help. Beginning in Fall 2011, a new concentration in special education will begin. Students have the option of applying to St. Edward’s to earn the MAT degree or simply apply to take only the courses in special education. In either case, those who are already certified to teach in Texas may wish to further their education by obtaining the additional certification in special education.
For example, let’s say you’ve just graduated and have received a teaching certificate and are looking for that perfect teaching position. You can spend valuable time in the fall and spring taking a few courses in special education each semester, after which you will be prepared to take the exam in special education. With a successful score, you will be able to add an additional certification credential to your teaching certificate! You’ll also be that much closer to a master’s degree in teaching if you want to continue on with the degree.
Let’s look at it another way: maybe you are an experienced teacher who has been out of the workforce as a result of all the cutbacks in education. You know the challenges that schools face to address the needs of all of your students, especially students with special needs. The MAT concentration in special education can assist you with the additional skills you need to boost your confidence and your skills as you get back into the job market. In either case, newly certified teacher or experienced teacher, the MAT special education concentration might be just what you’re looking for!
These three course options are available this fall:
- Instructional Practices in Teaching Students with Special Needs
- Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities
- Teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Math to Students with Disabilities
–Dr. David Hollier is the Director of the MAT Program at St. Edward’s University