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Master of Arts in Teaching
Teaching Students with Disabilities: Transformational Teaching
Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

Get the in-demand skills you need to become a secondary school educator for students with disabilities and other learning challenges. You'll learn pedagogical strategies, develop a deep knowledge of special education, and gain hands-on experience by student teaching in New York City schools.

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MAT in Transformational Teaching in Middle and High School, Students with Disabilities concentration

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Your course work and student teaching experiences will prepare you to work with a broad spectrum of learners. You'll learn about:

  • Methods for teaching and individualizing instruction for students with disabilities or other learning challenges
  • Language and literacy acquisition and development
  • The psychological and educational assessments of students with disabilities
  • Designing effective curricula for all learners
  • Effective classroom management for all students

You'll be prepared to work with students in grades 7–12, and optionally grades 5–6, who have a variety of learning challenges, including:

  • Autism
  • Attention difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional and behavioral disabilities

There is a strong need and consistent shortage of special education teachers in US schools, and your ability to teach students of all backgrounds will make you a highly desirable candidate for employers. You’ll graduate from this program eligible for initial certification in New York State for Special Education grades 7–12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6.

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.