M.A. in Special Education Courses

Athens Campus Only

The M.A. program is designed to meet the needs of candidates with a degree in education and candidates with a bachelor’s degree other than education seeking initial certification and lead to recommendation for a Georgia level 5 certificate.

Hours:33 without Prerequisties

Program Prerequisites: (9 hours)

EDUC 601 or In Tech Certification (or equivalent)
EDUC 655. E xceptional Children
EDUC 631. Reading Methods

Program Requirements

Cluster A: (27 hours)

EDUC 600. Educational Assessment
SPED 602. Characteristics of Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 606. Applied Behavior Analysis for the Classroom
SPED 607. Single Case Research Methods for Special Educators
SPED 633. Curriculum and Differentiated Instruction
EDUC 656. Essentials of Collaboration and Inclusion
SPED 684. Advanced Strategies for Behavior Change/Functional Behavior Analysis
EDUC 703. Social, Cultural, and Ethical Perspectives of Education
SPED 705. Policies and Legal Issues in Special Education

Cluster B (6 hours)

SPED 740. Applied Practicum
SPED 780. Capstone Seminar: This course is non-transferable and must be completed at Piedmont College.

After requirements for cluster A and B and appropriate assessment requirements are met, candidates may be recommended for the Special Education General Curriculum certificate, which prepares them to work in a consultative setting with a content teacher of record.

Cluster C

Special Education General Curriculum Academic Concentrations

Content Area recommendation is also required for graduation.

In order to be assigned as the Teacher of Record in Math, Science, Social Sciences, Language Arts, or Reading, candidates must have the appropriate Special Education Certificate and the appropriate content concentration. To be recommended by Piedmont College for content concentrations at the 4-8 cognitive levels, candidates must develop a Plan of Academic Concentration with their advisor based on undergraduate and graduate transcripts and the requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

NOTE: Academic concentration requirements may also be met by passing the GACE appropriate content assessment.