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 will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15 (Deaf Education concentration ONLY)
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: March 1 (Adapted Curriculum & General Curriculum concentrations ONLY)

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:

  • deaf education
  • adapted curriculum
  • 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.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

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 official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

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


Through the M.A.T. Special Education program, students take a variety of courses related to methods, classroom management, dyslexia, literacy, assessment and applied behavior analysis.

Students also have the opportunity to complete a practicum in their area of interest.

In addition to the training students receive for their concentration, they may also qualify for the autism endorsement, dyslexia and other reading disabilities endorsement or reading endorsement through successfully completing specific coursework.

Certification areas: Special Education Adapted Curriculum, Special Education Deaf Education, Special Education General Curriculum

Professional Education Core classes = 9 hours
Teaching Field/Major = 27-30 hours
Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours
(Adapted Curriculum, Deaf Education and Early Childhood Special Education concentrations are a minimum of 39 semester hours)

For specific requirements and classes, review the catalog.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

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.


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.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

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.



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.

Select concentration in:

  • Adapted Curriculum
  • Behavior/Learning Disabilities
  • Deaf Education

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 Coordinators

Spec Ed Adapted and General Curriculum
Lauren Boden, Ph.D.

Deaf Education
Jessica Scott, Ph.D.

Spec Ed Early Childhood Adapted and General Curriculum
Sarah Hansen, Ph.D.

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

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.