2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education (K–Age 21) - Master of Arts in Teaching

Return to: Teacher Preparation Program With a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)  

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Special Education (K–Age 21) program is designed for individuals seeking licensure as special educators. This specialization focuses on the learning and development of students of all ages (K–Age 21) with a broad range of exceptionalities, including autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disorders, health disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Candidates will develop an in-depth understanding of a variety of learning styles and learn how to apply instructional skills and strategies to assist students with multiple disabilities to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills. The curriculum includes field experiences that provide opportunities to observe expert educators, receive mentoring, and apply what is learned across age levels in primary and secondary settings.

Courses and field experiences for this specialization incorporate standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and are aligned with Minnesota state’s special education licensure standards.

During candidates’ participation in the M.A.T. Program for Special Education, they may join Walden’ s Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, which is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities. A New Teacher Mentor Program is also offered to graduates.



Walden University requires that all candidates in its teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) review the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program, including transition points and field experiences.

Candidates can access the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook from their myWalden university portal. Candidates enrolled in the teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) should refer to the Candidate Guidebook for complete information on the programs and related policies and procedures related to them. Candidates should refer to the Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook for detailed information regarding the field experience requirements in the program.

Note on Licensure

Walden is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a program leading to initial licensure in Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategist. Candidates must pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLEs) before Walden can recommend candidates to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the license. Candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond Walden’s state-approved program and MDE is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses.

Individuals interested in a special education licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify by virtue of completing a state-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. The standards for an academic and behavioral strategist cover a wide spectrum of disabilities including, autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disability, emotional or behavioral disorders, other health disorders, and specific learning disabilities; at the moderate level. Other states may refer to this as a cross-categorical, generalist, or mild/moderate license.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.