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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 a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education and are seeking initial certification to teach in preschool through grade twelve. Completion of the MAT 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 Georgia Professional Standards Commission has approved the MAT program in Special Education for initial teacher certification; thus, our faculty can supervise internships and support the edTPA process.  Candidates from other states may be eligible for certification under the Interstate Certification Compact.

The program is offered primarily online with occasional face-to-face meetings on the Athens campus.‚Äč

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).

Special Education MAT Candidates can choose between the General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum programs of study. Descriptions of the two programs of study can be found below.

Adapted Curriculum

This program of study offers specialized training to teach students with low-incidence disabilities. Candidates complete the program with expertise in:
  • Specially-Designed Instructional Methods for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Curriculum and Assessment for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Basic and Advanced Behavior Management Strategies
  • Healthcare of Students with Special Needs
  • Special Education Policy and Law

General Curriculum

This program of study offers specialized training to teach students with high-incidence disabilities. Candidates complete the program with expertise in:
  • Specially-Designed Instructional Methods for Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD
  • Curriculum and Assessment for Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD
  • Basic and Advanced Behavior Management Strategies
  • Evidence-Based Approaches to Collaboration and Inclusion
  • Special Education Policy and Law
  • Healthcare for Students with Exceptional Needs (optional)
Candidates have the option of completing the Autism Spectrum Disorder endorsement or the Gifted Education Endorsement during their program of study - the Georgia PSC recognizes both endorsements.