If you are interested in working with school children (grades P-12) who qualify for special education services, or if you already hold teacher certification in special education, the Department of Teaching and Learning provides degree programs designed for you.
The B.S.Ed. in Special Education program is for undergraduate students and leads to initial teacher certification in special education in the area of mild disabilities.
The Special Education Concentration in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, child and family development, or a closely-related field and want to become certified to teach special education in grades P-12. The MAT leads to initial teacher certification and master’s degree upon completion. This concentration is fully online.
The M.Ed. in Special Education program and the Ed.S. in Special Education program provide advanced teacher preparation and will qualify you for teacher certification upgrades. The M.Ed. and the Ed.S. programs are fully online.
Each of these programs is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. The programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).
Upon successful completion of the B.S.Ed. program and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exam in special education, you will qualify for Georgia’s special education teacher certification at the T-4 level. MAT degree graduates will qualify for certification at the T-5 level. The programs are NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standard’s Commission approved programs that are recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of these programs are prepared to teach in public or private school systems.
M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates serve as master teachers in their schools, clinical supervisors for student teachers, and staff professionals in school systems.