M.A. Teaching, Special Education

$225.00 on the 10th of each month for 8 months

$28,246 NOW $22,447

Days of Week:
On Campus
Program Begins:
October 2019
Meeting Times:
On Campus
Sierra Nevada College
4300 E. Sunset Rd., Ste. E1
Henderson, NV 89014
9480 Gateway Drive, Suite 150
Reno, NV 89521
*All fees included except a $50 SNC application fee. The college normally charges $496 per credit. By enrolling through CTE you save $5,799!
HYBRID: 51 credits (39 credits on-ground, 12 credits online)


First payment: November 10, 2019


Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education (51 Credits) ARL Track Available*

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Students may qualify for the TEACH Grant and receive up to $8,000.
• Financial aid is available for this program. You may apply for financial aid through https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
• CTE is responsible to collect a $1,800 implementation fee for this program. This fee is included in the program price. Over 8 months, a credit/debit card payment of $225 will be collected on the 10th of every month. The first payment will begin on October 10, 2019.
• Tuition and SNC fees will be paid directly to Sierra Nevada College (SNC) using financial aid or SNC’s monthly payment option. SNC’s monthly payment plan will begin in September.
• Students may choose to pay in full or a monthly payment plan to pay for their tuition and SNC fees each semester. If you prefer to use SNC’s monthly payment plan please email contactus@ctenow.com for more information.
*Credits may vary. All fees are included in the program cost except a $50 SNC application fee. The total cost is based on 8 semesters for MAT program completion and will vary depending on program completion. Tuition may increase annually (3% on average).

Questions: Call CTE at 702-697-0006 opt. 5 or Email contactus@ctenow.com

Program begins: October 2019.
Program ends: TBA.

Duration: 8 Semesters. Course sequence contingent on availability. Students must maintain continuous enrollment.

Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada is a four-year private liberal arts college with graduate programs in teaching and leadership in Incline Village, Reno, and Las Vegas/Henderson. Sierra Nevada College was founded in 1969 and is regionally accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Why Sierra Nevada College (SNC) is the right choice for your Professional Growth Plan (PGP)?

• SNC is an approved Institution of Higher Education by the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE) to be a teacher preparation program provider.

• 1 credit earned at SNC equates to 8 CUs. Thus, a 3-credit course = 24 Contact Units (CUs). A minimum of 225 CUs is needed for column movement.

• Non-approved Institutions of Higher Education earn 5 CUs per 1 semester credit. Therefore, a 3-credit course (non-approved) = 15 CUs

Candidates are able to apply for Alternative Licensure after completion of the two required 500 level foundations courses (see course sequence below) with a B- or better, and completion of PRAXIS I CORE, and completion of internship.
This MAT Degree is taught by current teachers in the field —a practical approach to learning.

Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Program Available for MAT Special Education

Credits range from 44-53, and ARL program will be priced based on credits and number of semesters. Additional fees for the ARL MAT program are: $350 ARL Internship EDUC 590 and $300 ARL Supervision Fee for every semester after the EDUC 590 ARL Internship EDUC 590 course is successfully completed.
The requirements to be accepted in the Sierra Nevada College ARL program are successful completion of:
  • EDUC 560
  • EDUC 555
  • Passing score for CBEST or Praxis Core
  • EDUC 590 ARL Internship of 20 consecutive days
  • Licensed Teaching Job offer or contract in participating school district
Please note: Courses will be offered based on enrollments. A minimum of 12 students is required for a course to be offered.
The following fees have already been included in your program cost: a $300 practicum fee for SPED 590, a $600 student teaching fee in SPED 595, a $160 fee for EDUC 628, a $650 fee for course EDUC 635, and a $155 universal fee (per semester).

Course EDUC 560 – Introduction to Education and Educational Research
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course focuses on the historical, social, psychological, and political foundations of education, with a strong emphasis on reading and evaluating educational research. Teacher candidates learn professional writing style (APA) and the importance of research in teaching and learning.

Course EDUC 510 – Psychological Foundations of Education
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course focuses on explanations of how people learn, including people of ethnic and cultural diversity. Theories and research are included with emphases on practical applications, such as methods used to improve learning and teaching, and how learning relates to motivation, personality, development, creativity, and perception. Current brain-based research and its application are reviewed.

Course EDUC 520 – Parent Engagement, Family Involvement, and Classroom Practices
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course focuses on pre-service teachers who seek to develop new ideas for forming collaborative relationships with student families, facilitating the interrelationship of families, teachers, and community for meaningful learning opportunities. Focus includes working and collaborating with parents, professionals, and community services. It is aligned with the InTASC standards.

Course EDUC 555 – Exceptional Individuals
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

A survey course to familiarize students with the characteristics of individuals with exceptional needs in public-school programs and strategies to use for integration. Included are processes used to identify these individuals; placement procedures and major educational and psychological intervention techniques; current state and federal legislation dealing with special education; procedures and processes for gifted children and their special needs; discussion and review of ethnic and multi-cultural learning styles and programs.

Course ELEM 501 – Teaching Methods of Reading 1
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

A comprehensive reading instruction course which is research based and includes the study of: phonemic awareness and phonics; comprehension; vocabulary development; spelling patterns; ongoing assessment and diagnostic techniques; and methodologies for a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading which are appropriate to students’ developmental levels. Developmental methods that are effective with students who are delayed, culturally diverse or who have learning differences and/or difficulties are also taught. This course focuses on the primary grade learner.

Course SPED 510 – Assessment and Program Planning
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course surveys the formal and informal assessment strategies for students with disabilities. Attention is given to developing individual education programs based on formal and informal assessment results that include parent involvement. The course focuses on designing school programs based on State curriculum standards. Transition and placement options for students are addressed. Implications of State and Federal legislation are covered. It fulfills part of the Nevada State SPED endorsement requirement. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 520 – Advanced Teaching and Learning Strategies
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course focuses on the development of education programs and curriculum strategies for students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and/or cognitive Disabilities. In addition, attention is given to the modification and adaptation of regular classroom and curriculum, including intervention strategies and career planning. It fulfills part of the Nevada State SPED endorsement requirement. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 530 – Behavior Interventions: Methods and Practices
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

Effective behavior management strategies are described and assessed. Application of research-based management techniques are applied to schools, classrooms, and individual students. Focus on functional behavioral assessments and individualized intervention. A practical approach to developing management plans is emphasized. It fulfills part of the Nevada State SPED endorsement requirement. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 540 – Collaboration and Transition Issues w/Families and Professionals
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

Course focuses on working effectively with families of students with disabilities. Course explores ways of collaborating with classroom teachers and other professionals in planning and adapting curriculum. Transition issues and procedures are addressed. Attention is given to implications of current federal legislation and parents’ rights. Local and national resources are explored. It fulfills part of the Nevada State SPED endorsement requirement. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 550 – Characteristics of Special Education Students
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

Prerequisites: EDUC 455 and EDUC 555. This course focuses on students with mild to moderate disabilities that are included in the regular classroom setting. The development and characteristics of learners with specific learning disabilities, emotional and cognitive challenges and related disorders are explored. This course fulfills part of the Nevada Generalist endorsement for special education teaching. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 563 – Human Development
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

A study of human development from conception through old age. Physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth are examined in each of the eight stages of development (prenatal, infancy, early childhood, school age children, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood and later adulthood) from the biological, psychological, socio cultural and life-cycle theoretical perspectives. This course fulfills part of the Nevada Generalist endorsement for special education teaching. It is aligned with the InTASC Standards.

Course SPED 590 – Special Education Practicum (co-requisite SPED 520)
(1 Graduate Credit/8 CUs)

Corequisite: SPED 520. The intent of this clinical experience is to promote the integration of methods and field experiences, and to link educational theory and practice. The university course instructor will highlight elements of the course and direct students with the assignments and activities in the practicum classroom setting experience.

Course ELEM 525 – Teaching Methods of Math
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

This course is designed to introduce content and methods for teaching mathematics to elementary students. Topics include theory, assessment, skill in computation and recent trends, remediation of pupil difficulties, and an overview of content included in the elementary mathematics curriculum. The primary focus is to assist teachers with developing the child’s understanding and appreciation of mathematics.

Course SPED 595 – Student Teaching and Seminar
(8 Graduate Credits/64 CUs)

Full-time supervised teaching for 16 weeks in a special education – Generalist Elementary or Secondary School, and seminar.

Course EDUC 628 – Educational Research and Reflective Practice
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

Prerequisites: Completion of student teaching and all testing requirement. Teacher candidates analyze educational research and relate it to their classroom practices. Focus on professional reflection as candidates prepare proposal for projects or action research theses. Professional writing using APA style is stressed.

Course EDUC 635 – Professional Project
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of EDUC 628 and all MAT testing requirements. During this graduate level class, candidates complete their approved professional projects with the assistance of an assigned project director. At the end of each semester, candidates present their projects at the SNC Masters Project Conference.

Course EDUC 590 – *Alternative Route to Licensure Internship – Required for ARL Track Only
(2 Graduate Credits/16 CUs)

This clinical experience promotes integration of methods and supervised field experiences to link theory and practice. Assignments and activities will be highlighted to direct students in the classroom setting.