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Special Education, M.A.T.

36 Credits  |   Main Campus

Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Special Education to work with exceptional learners in grades K to 12.

DC region schools NEED YOU! Certified special education teachers are in high demand in our local schools.

Prepare to become a certified special education teacher, empowering learners with disabilities and exceptionalities in grades K-12.

Learn and practice the art of teaching in local schools to effectively work with special needs students in a range of special education settings.

Trinity’s Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the Special Education MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in special education and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Dual Licensure: Inclusive Education

As an alternative to its special education program, Trinity offers the first and only program in the District of Columbia allowing students to earn licensure in their primary program area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary program area.

At Trinity we believe that all educators should be prepared to work with students with disabilities. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop, analyze, and administer educationalassessments to make various educational decisions regarding the diverse needs of students with disabilities.
  • Apply general and specialized content knowledge for teaching across curricular content areas to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Explain the history, theory, and implementation of providing positive behavior supports to students with and without disabilities.

Local Internships

  • St Coletta’s
  • Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
  • McKinley Middle School

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Master’s Degree
Early Childhood Education

Master’s Degree
Elementary Education

Special Education

Applying to the Special Education, M.A.T. Program

In addition to completing an online application, students must have one of the following:

  • Passing scores for Praxis Core – Trinity’s code is RA5796 OR
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 OR
  • Passing scores on the SAT , GRE and ACT scores from the past five years may be submitted to waive some of the requirements for Praxis Core.

Trinity’s SAT & GRE code is 5796; Trinity’s ACT code is 0696.

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