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M.A.T. Degree with a Major in Special Education - General Curriculum

  • Total Credit Hours: 36
  • Degree Format: Online

About this field

This online graduate program is an initial certification program for teachers who are employed in P-12 classrooms serving students with mild to moderate disabilities. The program focuses on increasing teachers’ knowledge and skills in implementing evidence-based interventions to positively impact the learning and behavior of their P-12 learners.

The Valdosta State Difference

The program is fully online, with no on-campus attendance requirements. The program courses are taught by faculty who are experienced and knowledgeable in the field of special education and in online instruction. Candidates engage in a variety of applied assignments in their own classrooms to demonstrate their ability to positively impact the learning and behavior of their students.

What You'll Learn

Candidates in this program will learn to:

  • Write appropriate IEPs and conduct the IEP meeting
  • Assess students’ learning to determine their progress and to make instructional decisions
  • Plan individualized lessons and collect data on student performance to differentiate instruction
  • Appropriately manage students’ behavior
  • Use evidence-based methods of instruction
  • Address the language and communication issues of students with disabilities
  • Teach reading and comprehension skills
  • Integrate technology into teaching and learning
  • Communicate appropriately with other professionals to facilitate collaboration, including collaboration within a co-teaching arrangement 
  • Use research methodology to demonstrate their impact on student learning and behavior
  • Reflect on their own learning and professional development as teachers

Admissions Requirements

  • Employment as a teacher of students with disabilities with either (1) an Induction Pathway 4  certificate in special education general curriculum or (2) a Standard Professional Teaching Certificate in another field; with a minimum of 20 contact hours per week throughout fall and spring semesters with one or more students who are eligible for special education – general curriculum. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on all attempted, college-level undergraduate and graduate coursework. 
  • A content concentration consisting of fifteen (15) semester hours of academic content that conforms with the GAPSC preparation requirements of content concentrations for middle grades.
  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or documentation of an exemption based on the GAPSC exemption criteria

Exit Requirements

  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 
  • Attempt GACE Content Assessments
  • Receive a composite score on the edTPA performance assessment



  • Special Education - General Curriculum Teacher
  • 229.333.5611
  • 229.219.1225
  • Education Center
    301 Baytree Road
    Room 1160
    Valdosta, GA 31698