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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education – General Curriculum

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education – General Curriculum

Rachel Cagliani

My passion for teaching comes from my belief that everyone has the potential to learn and that all people deserve a dignified and admirable life.

Rachel Cagliani

Assistant Professor

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Offered by the Mary Frances Early College of Education, The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education- General Curriculum is designed for individuals seeking initial certification who hold undergraduate degrees in other fields, and who do not hold a teacher certification. The four semester program provides rigorous preparation while meeting the needs of working adults including paraprofessionals, and provisionally certified teachers. 

A M.A.T.  degree in Special Education-General Curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with mild disabilities who are following the general education curriculum. Training in this emphasis area prepares teachers to work in inclusive and direct service models while supporting students with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, and autism. In addition, this degree program of study leads to a Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia/Dyslexia Endorsement demonstrating the completion of intensive training in identification and intervention for students with dyslexia.


  1. Ranked #5 Best Online Master’s Degree Program in Special Education by US News & World Report. 
  2. Earn a Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia/Dyslexia Endorsement
  3. Superb faculty knowledgeable in quality online learning
  4. Scholarship opportunities available
  5. Designed with working adults in mind
  6. Online classes with low professor-to-student ratios
  7. Certification spans preschool through 12th grade
  8. Highly marketable certification area


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Admission Requirements

Professional preparation: Earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before the date of enrollment at the University of Georgia.

GPA: Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken.

The state requires that all candidates have a minimum 2.5 GPA on undergraduate or previous graduate work. Go to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website for details.

Online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education – General Curriculum  Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Masters
  4. Select Intended Program – Special Education (Comm Sci and Special Ed) [MAT_SPED_ONL]
  5. Select Intended Term – Summer 
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Summer:  April 1

International Applicants

  • Summer:  February 15


Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $15,012 in tuition for a Georgia Resident and $38,952 in tuition for an out-of-state student.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


The program of study requires 36 credit hours of coursework. This does not include EDSE 2000E, Survey of Special Education (3 hours) or transfer equivalent, which is a prerequisite for many of the required courses.

Coursework includes instructional methods, behavioral theory and classroom management, collaboration, assessment, and reading interventions. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills in teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings and in providing specially designed instruction. Students will complete two field experiences and a semester-long internship either through job-embedded placements for those currently working in schools, or through school placements arranged through the program. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Online Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Emphasis in General Curriculum (P-12) Certification 

Summer 1 – 9 Credits
EDSE 7120EDyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities [3 credit hours]
EDSE 6070EClassroom and Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7250ETeaching Writing to Students with Disabilities  [3 credit hours]
Fall 1 – 9 Credits
EDSE 7440E Practicum in Special Education [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7220EInstruction of Students with High-Incidence Disabilities [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7020EAssessment of Students with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Spring 1 – 9 Credits
EDSE 7460EInternship in Special Education [3 credit hours]
EDSE 6040EContemporary Issues in Special Education [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7150E Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education [3 credit hours]
Summer 2 – 9 Credits
EDSE 7770EPracticum in Intensive Reading Intervention [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7050EPositive Behavior Supports  [3 credit hours]
EDSE 7400ECollaboration Among Families and Professionals [3 credit hours]

**MAT students are required to pass a written comprehensive exam for program completion 

**MAT students are required to have a Pre-Service Certificate issued prior to beginning their program. See this page for more information about how to obtain a Pre-Service Certificate. 

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.


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