Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education (MAT-SPED)

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The Master of Arts in Teaching - special education (MAT-SPED) program is designed to prepare special education teachers to work with students with mild disabilities who receive instruction through the general curriculum. Based on research and behavior support, it enhances your ability to help your students grow academically and functionally. Faculty members are highly qualified in the field and work regularly in schools and with students.

After completing the licensure phase and earning a passing score on the required licensure exams, you are recommended for initial licensure as a general curriculum special education teacher. After successfully completing the advanced phase, you qualify for your master's degree and the advanced level licensure.

With the program's cohort model, you'll work with the same classmates in every course, a key element for community-building and networking. You'll demonstrate your abilities to analyze, plan, think critically, and apply ideas and techniques you learn about in class.

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The MAT-SPED graduate program, in the Division of Education, is available online and as a hybrid option at our Charlotte campus. The program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and is designed to fit your schedule. 


The MAT-SPED program requires 37 semester hours (SH). Some courses, if taken previously, may be waived. It is taught through the conceptual framework model, in phases.

Licensure Phase 

  • EDUC 611 Mathematics: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDUC 654 Reading: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDUC 662 Theories of Thinking and Learning
  • EDUC 665 Seminar in Ethics and Professional Behavior
  • EDUC 675 Professional Licensure Review
  • SPED 621 Internship

Specialty Courses

  • SPED 610 High Incidence Exceptionalities: An Introduction
  • SPED 612 Assessment of Students with Diverse Learning Needs
  • SPED 614 Differentiating the School Curriculum 
  • SPED 618 Collaboration for Student Success
  • SPED 622 Workshop in Behavior Management
  • SPED 624 Workshop in Language Development
  • SPED 628 Individual Education Plan Development

Advanced Phase

  • EDUC 601 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 607 Servant Leadership Seminar
  • EDUC 608 Servant Leadership Internship
  • EDUC 614 Master's Project
  • EDUC 659 Clinical Experience and Seminar

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Pfeiffer University should submit the following materials for review:

  • A completed Pfeiffer University graduate application for admission.
  • All official college and university transcripts including transcript indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three recommendations using the Division of Education form
  • An essay responding to the Division of Education prompt

Teacher Education Performance Data

Pfeiffer University has a 93 percent job placement rate and is respected for the quality of classroom preparation provided through our interactive program. To learn more, review our teacher education performance data reports:

Division of Education Information

Visit the Division of Education to find out more information about:

  • How to apply for admission to the education program
  • How our student teaching program works
  • Education-specific scholarship programs

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities


Would you like to become a special education teacher? Pursue a rewarding career with your MAT-SPED degree!

Ready to get started? Apply now. 


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