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.
Ranked #5 Best Online Master’s Degree Program in Special Education by US News & World Report.
Earn a Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia/Dyslexia Endorsement
Superb faculty knowledgeable in quality online learning
Scholarship opportunities available
Designed with working adults in mind
Online classes with low professor-to-student ratios
Certification spans preschool through 12th grade
Highly marketable certification area
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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.
Select Intended Program – Special Education (Comm Sci and Special Ed) [MAT_SPED_ONL]
Select Intended Term – Summer
Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
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.
Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
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.
Summer: April 1
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.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
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
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Classroom and Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Teaching Writing to Students with Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Fall 1 – 9 Credits
Practicum in Special Education [3 credit hours]
Instruction of Students with High-Incidence Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Assessment of Students with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities [3 credit hours]
Spring 1 – 9 Credits
Internship in Special Education [3 credit hours]
Contemporary Issues in Special Education [3 credit hours]
Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education [3 credit hours]
Summer 2 – 9 Credits
Practicum in Intensive Reading Intervention [3 credit hours]
Positive Behavior Supports [3 credit hours]
Collaboration 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.