Childhood & Exceptional Student Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

Academic Requirements
Master of Arts (MAT) in Special Education
(Initial Certification)

Admission to the program includes three academic requirements: degree, grade point average and testing.  Before applying for admission to the program, individuals should determine if they are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic requirements:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree or above from a regionally accredited institution.*
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 OR in most recent degree.
  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment examination or allowed exemption.**
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment.

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the College of Education. Contact information is provided in the left panel of this page.

The above are minimum academic, test score or professional requirements only.  Read the entire application checklist to determine what documents must be included in your submission. Anyone who does not meet admissions requirements can apply as a non-degree-seeking student and take four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).  The Graduate Admissions Coordinator can direct you in this process.

*Note: "PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at

**Note:  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission ( determines what tests from other states are acceptable.


Application Checklist