New York M.A.T. and Dual Certificate in Special Education

Dean of Special Education Erin Larkin-Maguire leads a class session in New York.

Students with special needs deserve teachers with special skills. In New York, we offer an M.A.T. curriculum that equips teachers with the fundamentals of effective instruction, and the nuanced techniques needed to drive outcomes for students with special needs.

A female graduate gestures during a Teaching Exceptional Learners class in New York.

The New York M.A.T. and Dual Certificate in Special Education program is a part-time, two-year commitment that leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. We have designed the program specifically for teachers with up to two years of experience, and who expect to teach special education in New York City elementary, middle and high schools in the coming two years. Completion of the program will qualify teachers to teach both general and special education in their certified grade levels.

The program provides teachers with pedagogical techniques and content knowledge they need to lead typically learning students to achieve ambitious goals. It also equips teachers with the skills and mindsets they need to support a wide range of exceptional learners. The curriculum will provide a foundation in all disabilities, but teachers will develop specific expertise in learning disabilities and high-incidence behavioral needs.

Relay New York Teaching Exceptional Learners Professor Jay Maqsood works with a male graduate student.