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Special Education, M.A.T.
Distance Delivery

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. This program is designed for candidates who do not currently have a teaching certificate. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio-conference. This e-learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

This program is currently only available to candidates who live in Alaska.


  • Jill Burkert
  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6033

  • Delores Graver
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6424

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
Program Requirements36

Foundational Courses

ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3

Program Requirements

EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDS605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Educational Psychology3
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Official Praxis Core exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Official Praxis Subject Assessments as required by the State for your subject area meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification

Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Special Education

Please return all items to the Admissions office as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Jill Burkert (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

Attn: Deema Ferguson
UAS Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials or the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application:

  • Graduate application for admission (MAT program);
  • Admission fee of $60;
  • Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
  • Two Letters of Recommendation with SOE forms;
  • Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions;
  • Passing Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) exam results -see note #3 (Register @ ETS);
  • Background Check.
    • If you are employed by a district - provide evidence that you have had a background check as part of your employment, OR
    • Request an Interested Person Report (two methods):
      1. Check this website for a list of locations where the report can be requested in person (if you can't find a location near you use method two), OR
      2. Complete and mail this form with a check or money order to the Bureau of Criminal Records and Identification (address listed on form).


  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual’s program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.


  1. GPA of 3.0 from undergraduate transcript. (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor.


  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must TAKE the Praxis CASE test for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum.
  4. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not be counted as passing.


All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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