Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education

Are you someone that is thinking about making a career change and joining the rewarding career of teaching students with exceptionalities? If so, then the MAT in Special education is the program for you. Henderson State University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education can help you earn your Arkansas standard teaching license while earning a master's degree and increasing your earning potential as a teacher. Our faculty provide an all Online curriculum that allows for flexibility in your schedule.

The program is designed and developed to allow a candidate with a bachelor's degree or higher an alternative route to teacher licensure in special education. The field-based program focuses on areas exhibited in the four domains of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

The candidate is employed as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship while completing class work and requirements necessary for a standard Arkansas teaching license.


Courses meet online. Instruction, lectures and student presentations are delivered using web conferencing (Zoom and Big Blue Button).

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Complete Graduate School Application and be admitted to the Graduate School

  • Submit original sealed transcripts for all undergraduate work

Submit passing scores for GRE or Praxis Core and Praxis II content area

    • GRE Verbal 145 or Praxis Core Reading 156

    • GRE Quantitative 145 or Praxis Core Math 150

    • GRE Writing 3.5 or Praxis Core Writing 162

  • Entrance Interview

  • Complete background checks

  • Employment as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship


MAT Faculty will challenge, encourage, and support candidates throughout their academic journey and first years of teaching. Faculty members are or have been licensed teachers.

Income and Demand

The National Education Association estimates that educators with a master's degree can earn as much as $64,883. In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that teaching jobs will grow by 6 percent through 2024 because of growth in student enrollment.