Special Education (Teacher Certification) (MEd)

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 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 students in developing a thorough understanding of teaching and learning as they apply knowledge from their coursework in varied school settings. Individualized guidance through our clinical framework provides students with the support they need to be successful in today's rapidly evolving educational environment.

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

Masters and Arizona Certification (MAC) — A traditional format that leads to dual certification. 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 Arizona teacher certification in the following teaching certificates: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K-12 and Elementary, K-8. The mild to moderate areas include forms of emotional, behavioral, learning, and orthopedic disabilities as well as intellectual disabilities and other health impairments.

Induction, Masters and Arizona Certification (InMAC) — Provides an alternative pathway to teacher certification for full-time teachers on an intern teaching certificate. To qualify, individuals must secure a full-time teaching position. Participants take classes one night per week and must be continuously enrolled in apprentice teaching coursework. Students in the InMAC program receive Arizona teacher certification in the following teaching certificate: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K-12

Degree Offered

Special Education (Teacher Certification) (MEd)

Downtown, Polytechnic, Tempe, West

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