Childhood & Exceptional Student Education

Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

Program Overview
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education
(Initial Certification)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education is designed for individuals seeking Georgia teacher certification as a special education teacher (pre-kindergarten through grade 12).  The program is suitable for individuals with an undergraduate major in any discipline.

Graduates of this program are prepared to teach exceptional students whose learning needs require an individualized education plan (IEP). Graduates will instruct these students in the general education curriculum using specialized strategies that prepare them to participate in the statewide assessment process required of all P-12 public school students in Georgia.

The program is aligned with the teacher preparation standards of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Georgia Framework for Educators.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to:

  • use research-based effective teaching practices.
  • collaborate with a broad spectrum of constituencies.
  • serve individuals with special needs within the Armstrong service area in southeast Georgia.
  • teach so all learn the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards aligned to the I.E.P.  goals and supports.
  • support communities’ efforts to improve special education programming and services.
  • co-teach with regular education teachers serving students with special needs.
  • create school transition policies assisting students with special needs to transition successfully from one educational level to another and/or to career and to college options.

Courses & Requirements

The program of study consists of 11 required courses totaling 34 semester hours in a cohort format.  This means all candidates will start the program at the same time, take the same designated courses each semester and complete the program at the same time. These courses deliver an overall foundation for teaching, address the particular needs of special education students, emphasize appropriate subject matter and provide clinical experience through student teaching.

You may begin this program in any semester. Please see the course rotation schedule for semester specific details.

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Students assume primary responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with program requirements. Questions should be directed to the student's advisor or academic department.