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MAT, Special Education - Multicategorical, Grades PreK-12

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Lander University is committed to preparing special educators to serve in classrooms throughout the state of South Carolina. M.A.T. candidates complete innovative online coursework to prepare for field and clinical experiences in their local school districts. The program of study prepares candidates to earn initial certification in South Carolina in the area of Multicategorical Special Education. Graduates will be prepared to work with students in grades PK-12.

The MAT in Special Education is designed to allow students to earn both a master’s degree and their initial certification as a special educator, with coursework completed online and clinical placements completed in their local school districts. The program is built on a foundation of specialized content courses, addressing the competencies for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. These courses provide the needed background for multi-categorical certification.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Master's in Education, Special Education include:

  • B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all work must be submitted



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.


EDUC 656 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 664 Principles of Teaching 3
EDUC 676 Assessment of Diverse Learners, P-12 3
EDUC 678 Introduction to Exceptional Children (P-K-12) 3
EDUC 680 Field-Based Individualized Activities (ECE/ELE) 1
EDUC 681 Field-Based Individualized Activities (Secondary) 2
EDUC 699 Clinical Practice 9
READ 610 Foundations of Reading 3
READ 612 Assessing and Teaching Reading to Needs 3
READ 614 Instructional Practices for Teaching Literacy 3
READ 655 Methods of Content Area Reading and Writing 3
SPED 630 Integrated Early Childhood and Elementary C & I 3
SPED 640 Integrated Secondary Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
SPED 651 Characteristics of Diverse Learners 3
SPED 653 Mathematics Pedagogy for Diverse Learners 3

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For more information about the program or assistance with the application procedure, please submit a Request for Information.