Wayne State University

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Masters of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than education and who want to earn a K-12 endorsement in Special Education as part of their teaching certificate. The special education MAT program is listed under the major in Elementary Education with a K-12 concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Cognitive Impairment (CI), or Learning Disabilities (LD).

Special education teachers work with people who require a variety of special needs. Graduates of degree or certification programs in Special Education may work as special education teachers, instructional coordinators, or post-secondary teachers. The ASD concentration is offered in a cohort format only.

Philosophy

We believe that special education must function as an integral and complementary component of best practices in the education for all students. We support the movement towards inclusive education for students with mild to severe disabilities, and see best instructional practices in general education as supporting the growth and development of students with disabilities. We believe that special educators have important roles to play in building a unified system of schooling that supports learning of all students. Leadership is needed to make these goals a reality. It is the purpose of our program to provide one important avenue of leadership development.

Careers in Special Education

In the Field of Special Education there is a variety of employment options available including:

  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle and High Schools
  • Administration
  • Community Agencies
  • Local Government Authorities
  • Research Centers
  • Health Centers
  • Universities and Colleges