Welcome to the Department of Special Education at Pfeiffer University.
The Masters of Arts in Teaching-Special Education (MAT-SPED) is a 45 semester hour degree program. The program is designed to prepare special education teachers to provide research-based instruction and behavior supports to facilitate the academic growth of students with mild disabilities who receive instruction in the North Carolina Standard Curriculum. The MAT-SPED Program will lead to recommendation for North Carolina licensure in Special Education-General Curriculum. Students who complete Phase I and pass the required Praxis II tests will be recommended for the
Standard Professional I license. With completion of Phase II of the MAT-SPED degree and with the two years of successful teaching, students will be recommended for the Advanced (“M”) license.
Add-on licensure Persons who hold a North Carolina license in another teaching area and have at least three years experience as a teacher may be recommended for licensure upon successful completion of SPED 602 and 15 semester hours in Specialty Courses.
Persons who already hold a North Carolina license in a teaching area but who
do not have classroom experience must complete SPED 602, SPED 621, and
the 15 semester hours in the Specialty Courses.
Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Bachelor's and Master's degrees.