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Special Education

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 Elementary and Special Education provides degree programs designed for you.

Undergraduate Program

The Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program is for undergraduate students and leads to initial teacher certification in special education in the area of mild disabilities.

Graduate Programs

The M.A.T. in Special Education 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. Please use this link above to learn more about the M.A.T. in Special Education program.

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).

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in special education, and the Educators Ethics Exit 360 exam, you will qualify for a Georgia level 4 Induction certificate upon employment as a teacher.

MAT graduates will qualify for a level 5 Induction certificate upon successful completion of state-required content pedagogy assessment (edTPA), successful completion of the state-required Educator Ethics Assessment (if not completed for program admission) and employment. (See certification section for more information).  The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved program that is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in public or private school systems. For questions regarding certification, please visit the College of Education certification webpage.

M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates serve as master teachers in their schools, clinical supervisors for student teachers, and staff professionals in school systems.