The Special Education pathway provides in-service teachers with the competencies to respond to the needs, interests and abilities of special needs students in either regular classrooms or specific school classrooms defined for students with documented learning differences. It widens the range of the students' knowledge about teaching and learning allowing them to compete in the contemporary professional marketplace. A credential in special education may be mandatory in some states for consideration to teach special needs students in any type of learning environment. It may be completed concurrently with requirements for the MAT program. It is also available online.
Note: Completion of the course of study for in-service teachers and MAT candidates can lead to a formal recommendation to the state for a preliminary Education Specialist credential.