What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours (Adapted Curriculum and Deaf Education concentrations are a minimum of 39 hours)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: May 1

Special Education, M.A.T.

Our Special Education M.A.T. gives you the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of special education. Our faculty are active researchers who have rich experiences working with children and youth with disabilities.

The master of arts in teaching special education program prepares highly qualified teachers to be leaders in the field of special education. Teacher candidates who successfully complete program requirements, receive a passing score on the edTPA portfolio assessment and receive a passing score on the appropriate GACE test will obtain a master’s degree and be certified to teach in one of three special education areas:

  • adapted curriculum
  • deaf education
  • general curriculum

We offer specialized study in autism spectrum disorders, behavior and learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, early childhood special education and intellectual disabilities.

The program is designed for working professionals with classes offered in the late afternoon and evening. Courses are taught through a variety of delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses. As a teacher candidate you will have the opportunity to become a highly qualified teacher alongside other students as you complete your coursework through a cohort model.

Special Education, M.A.T.

Our Special Education M.A.T. gives you the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of special education. Our faculty are active researchers who have rich experiences working with children and youth with disabilities.

The master of arts in teaching special education program prepares highly qualified teachers to be leaders in the field of special education. Teacher candidates who successfully complete program requirements, receive a passing score on the edTPA portfolio assessment and receive a passing score on the appropriate GACE test will obtain a master’s degree and be certified to teach in one of three special education areas:

  • adapted curriculum
  • deaf education
  • general curriculum

We offer specialized study in autism spectrum disorders, behavior and learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, early childhood special education and intellectual disabilities.

The program is designed for working professionals with classes offered in the late afternoon and evening. Courses are taught through a variety of delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses. As a teacher candidate you will have the opportunity to become a highly qualified teacher alongside other students as you complete your coursework through a cohort model.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours (Adapted Curriculum and Deaf Education concentrations are a minimum of 39 hours)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: May 1

Careers

Graduates across concentrations will be prepared to work with children and youth with special needs. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management procedures.

  • Concentration in Adapted Curriculum
  • Concentration in Deaf Education
  • Concentration in General Curriculum

Students will learn to work with students in a variety of settings such as:

  • separate specialized schools
  • typical school settings
  • alternative school settings (for example, residential and juvenile justice)
  • cognitive and behavioral specialty agencies

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Special Education, M.A.T. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application). Brief statement that explains the professional and academic goals that you hope to accomplish by completing this program of study. If you have previously enrolled in a teacher certification program, provide an explanation of your experience in that program in your goal statement.
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness

Initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state-mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment measures a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning.

The special education candidates have 100% pass rate on the edTPA assessment.

Program of Study

Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education

Substitutions may be made for courses previously taken or other appropriate experiences with the consent of the students’ major adviser and the department chairperson.

Professional Education Core (9)
Select one course (3):

Select one course (3):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3)
  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)

Required (3):*

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)

*Early Childhood Special Education concentration students can take EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3) or EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3).

Teaching Field/Major (27-30) – Select one of the following four concentration areas:

Early Childhood Special Education Concentration (27)
Required (27):

  • EXC 7000 Collaboration with Parents and Professionals (3)
  • EXC 7010 Language Development and Language Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7300 Assistive Technology: Reading and Academics (3)
  • EXC 7320 Methods of Teaching Students with Low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7330 Physical and Health Management of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7650 Characteristics of Young Children with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7660 Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7939 Practicum II: Early Childhood (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)

In the Professional Studies section, Early Childhood Special Education concentration students can take EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3) or EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3).

Special Education Adapted Curriculum Concentration (30)
Required (30):

  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • EXC 7030 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 7250 Characteristics of Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7280 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7281 Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 7300 Assistive Technology: Reading and Academics (3)
  • EXC 7320 Methods of Teaching Students with Low-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7330 Physical and Health Management of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7925 Practicum I: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 7935 Practicum II: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • Other graduate level courses must be approved by major professor.

Students who are meeting Georgia PSC requirements for a content preparation in literacy may select two of three courses listed as “Professional Education Core” in the options listed above plus ECE 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning (3) or EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3).

Special Education Deaf Education Concentration (30)
Required (30):

  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • EXC 6350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • EXC 6360 Audiological Considerations (3)
  • EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7360 Language Development in Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7390 Reading and Writing Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7400 Methods of Teaching Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7430 Auditory and Speech Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7920 Practicum I: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7940 Practicum: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)

Students who need an extra practicum prior to student teaching (e.g., for ASL proficiency) may also take EXC 7930 Practicum II: Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Candidates must post a rating of “Intermediate” on a recognized assessment of their signing skills (e.g. SLPI, ASLPI, EIPA) before admission to EXC 7940 Practicum: Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Special Education General Curriculum (Behavior/Learning Disabilities) Concentration (27)
Required (27):

  • EDRD 6600 Introduction to Material and Methods of Reading Instruction or EDRD 7600 Theory & Pedagogy in the Study of Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • EXC 6560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 6570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 6580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 6590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 6661 Practicum I: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative (3)
  • EXC 6671 Partnerships and Practicum II: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative (3)
  • EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)

Program total: minimum of 36 semester hours (Adapted Curriculum and Deaf Education concentrations are a minimum of 39 hours)

Funding Your Graduate Education

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Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
DaShaunda Patterson
dspatterson@gsu.edu

Learning Sciences
DLSRecruitment@gsu.edu
404-413-8040

Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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