Master of Education in Reading

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education is a new program in South Dakota leading to initial certification of K-12 Special Education teachers. This new master’s program is in response to the market demand and the number of non-certified special education staff employed in schools who cannot be teachers of record without certification.

Black Hills State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education (SPED) program provides initial certification in K – 12 special education teaching at the graduate level. It is intended for candidates with an undergraduate degree in a non-teachable subject who wish to pursue a career in K-12 special education.

The total number of credits required is 47, with 25 credits specific to special education licensure, and 22 credits specific to initial certification.

Requirements for Admittance to the Master of Art Teaching in Special Education

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completed graduate application to BHSU
  • Official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Introductory letter/statement of intent

Upon completion of the program students will be certified in the state of SD to be teachers of record for K-12 students who receive special education services.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.