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Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Mild/Moderate in Elementary (1st-5th)

Program Overview:

Meet the growing need for special education teachers in elementary school with our 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Mild/Moderate in Elementary (1st-5th) degree and licensure program. The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education & Special Education Mild Moderate (1st-5th) in the College of Education & Human Development is a Graduate Alternate Certification designed for individuals who have non-education bachelors or master's degrees and are interested in seeking initial teacher certification in Mild/Moderate Special Education at the elementary education level.

Students who enroll in this program can become certified in both Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate at the elementary level. Coursework is available 100% online with extensive field experience in the community.


Career changers
Graduate students
Undergraduate students in non-teaching degree fields (ex. Biology, Child Development, Psychology, Math, History, and English)

Admission Requirements:

  1. General admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Passing scores on the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or a composite ACT score of 22 or a combined Verbal and Math SAT score of 1030.
  3. Passing score on the Praxis II Elementary Education Subject-Specific Content Exam (5001-Reading and Language Arts, 5003-Mathematics, 5004-Social Studies, and 5005-Science).
  4. 3 letters of recommendation:
  5. Candidates for admission who are currently working as teachers must have letters of recommendation from an appropriate school official who has direct professional knowledge of the candidate's skills and potential.
  6. Candidates for admission who are not currently working as teachers must have letters of recommendation from a non-relative, who has direct knowledge of the candidate's potential for success as a graduate level student and a working professional. Employers and previous university/college faculty are examples of appropriate sources.
  7. Additional recommendations may be requested to support candidacy if determined necessary by program admission committee. 

Graduation Requirements: 

  • Satisfactory completion of all required course work within the timelines and at the grade levels established by Graduate School policies.
  • Submit passing scores for the Praxis II Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543) and the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 1-5 (5622).
  • Satisfactory completion of Competency Portfolio during Residency.

Community Partnerships: Jefferson Parrish School, Orleans Parish School, St. Charles Parish School, and Plaquemines Parish School Districts

Career Potential:

  • Elementary Education School Teachers
  • School or District Administrators
  • Instructional Specialist or Instructional Coordinators
  • Child Care Providers
  • Staff in Education Related Organizations
  • Tutors
  • Trainers
  • Curriculum Developers or Instructional Designers
  • Instructional Materials Sales Representatives


Contact Information: Keisha Washington