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Special Education (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education program is designed to meet the needs of candidates who hold an undergraduate degree other than in education and are seeking initial teacher certification in order to teach in preschool through grade twelve. Completion of the M.A.T. degree leads to recommendation for Georgia certification in Special Education - General Curriculum (P-12).

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in Special Education requires a minimum of 42-43 semester hours and is designed to link theory and practice through a combination of course work, research, and applied field experiences.  The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience. The candidate's program is developed individually based on transcript review and previous work experience.

The MAT program in Special Education has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for initial teacher certification.  Candidates from other states may be eligible for certification under the Interstate Certification Compact.  The program is available on the Athens campus only.

Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education, complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in Special Education (General Curriculum).

Adapted Curriculum

Now offering specialized training to teach students with low-incidence disabilities

  • Instructional Methods for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities and ASD
  • Curriculum and Assessment for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities and ASD
  • Healthcare of Students with Special Needs