The MAT in Special Education leads to initial teaching certification for students who have undergraduate degrees in other fields and do not have a teaching certificate. Students specialize in one of three emphasis areas.
Degree Type: Masters
Degree Program Code: MAT_SPED
Degree Program Summary:
The Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares students in initial and advanced skills in special education teaching and service delivery through integrated coursework and practicum experiences to design and implement curricula, services, and research across school, clinical, home, and/or community settings. The MAT in Special Education is for students who are seeking initial certification – students who have undergraduate degrees in other fields and do not have a teaching certificate. Students apply to the specific emphasis area of interest.
Adapted Curriculum and Autism: An emphasis in adapted curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with moderate, severe, or profound intellectual disability and moderate to severe autism following an adapted curriculum. This adapted curriculum may include teaching functional academics, lifelong personal and social skills, vocational skills, recreational and leisure skills, and community involvement. It emphasizes training in behavior management, instructional strategies, technology-based supports, and transition skills.
Birth through Kindergarten / Preschool Special Education: An emphasis in birth through kindergarten/ preschool special education is for those interested in working with children birth through age 5 with and without disabilities. The birth through kindergarten / preschool special education emphasis promotes developmentally appropriate inclusive and collaborative teaching practices to prepare you for inclusive early learning, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten programs as well as early intervention (birth to 3) and preschool intervention (3-5) programs.
General curriculum: An emphasis in general curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with mild disabilities who are primarily following the general curriculum. Training in this emphasis area prepares teachers to work in collaboration, inclusion, or resource models. The special education students who are most frequently served in these settings include those with behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, and some students with autism.
Athens (Main Campus)
College / School:
Mary Frances Early College of Education
110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602
Communication Sciences and Special Education