Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Secondary Special Education Certification

(Grades 6-12)

In-Person or Online 44 major credits * 2.5 or 3.5 years

Repayment after
graduation as low as


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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with Secondary Special Education Certification (grades 6-12) concentration is a certification program designed to prepare college graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession but who have not had adequate preparation for teaching.


The program assumes that, through a curriculum carefully balanced in theory and practice, participants can acquire the knowledge and skills needed for teaching general education students. The program is completed with a lengthy internship or supervised teaching experience guided by both a member of the Goucher College faculty and a mentor teacher. Traditional interns are generally placed at Professional Development Schools, while conditional teachers are supervised in their school positions.

Career Outcomes

Graduates leave the program equipped with secondary special education (grades 6-12) certification necessary for teaching students in diverse school settings.

Course Progression and Degree Requirements

ED 686Foundations of Special Education3
ED 680*Theories of Learning3
ED 660*Planning1.5
ED 656*Classroom Management1.5
ED 682S*Foundations of Content Reading, secondary3
ED 604Contemporary Issues3
ED 688Assessment I for special education teachers3
ED 690Curriculum I for special education teachers3
ED 693General Secondary Methods3
ED 687Internship with Seminars (3 or 4 eight week terms, depending on proficiency)6
ED 630Advanced Methods of Teaching Content Reading, secondary3
ED 685Mathematics (if a conditional teacher, other content areas may be taken)2
ED 689Assessment II for special education teachers3
ED 691Curriculum II for special education teachers3
ED 672Assessment (classroom)3
ED 601Development3
ED 681Curriculum Development3
Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.

All Praxis or other state tests must be passed before certification is completed, and Praxis I and all content tests must be passed before the internship or supervised experience. All undergraduate course work, if needed, must be completed before certification.

* These courses must be successfully completed prior to the internship.