Special Education (Teacher Certification) (MEd)

The most innovative and effective educators stretch. They're relentless. They suspect that there's always a better way---and they find it. Those who attend graduate programs at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College receive best-in-class preparation that allows them to harness and create knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education. These master's and doctoral programs prepare graduates to thrive in their careers and take leadership positions in advancing the world's most important profession.

This program is for those seeking Arizona teacher certification in special education. The special education program builds strong connections between theory and practice through quality classroom instruction paired with extensive clinical experiences.

Students gain a strong foundation in teaching and content knowledge from experts in the field of education. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty actively engage in the educational research community and embed this vital knowledge throughout the program. This connection further empowers our students to engage in their own research through the culminating action research applied project.

A series of clinical experiences or field placements are designed to assist our students in developing a thorough understanding of teaching and learning as they apply knowledge from their course work in varied school settings. Individualized guidance through our clinical framework provides our students with the support they need to be successful in today's rapidly evolving educational environment.

The MEd program in special education with Arizona teacher certification offers two options for students to earn a master's degree and Arizona teacher certification.

In the master's and Arizona certification program, students take classes at an ASU campus two nights a week and are required to complete daytime field experiences for at least two semesters. During the last semester of the program, students complete a full-time split student teaching experience: half the semester in a special education classroom and the other half in an elementary classroom. Students in the MAC program receive dual Arizona teacher certification in the following teaching certificates: Mild-Moderate Disabilities Special Education, K-12 and Elementary Education, grades 1-8. The mild to moderate areas include forms of emotional behavioral, learning, and orthopedic disabilities as well as intellectual disabilities and other health impairments.

The induction, master's and Arizona certification program provides an alternative pathway to the Arizona teacher certification Mild-Moderate Disabilities Special Education, K-12, for full-time teachers on the teaching intern certificate. To qualify, individuals must secure a full-time teaching position. The InMAC program also features a partnership with Teach For America. Participants take classes one night per week.

Degree Offered

Special Education (Teacher Certification) (MEd)

Downtown, Polytechnic, Tempe, West

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