Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a major in Special Education General Curriculum or Special Education Adapted Curriculum

Valdosta State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs in Special Education-General Curriculum and Special Education Adapted Curriculum prepare candidates to teach P--12 students with mild to moderate disabilities (General Curriculum) or significant disabilities (adapted curriculum). The programs focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to implement evidence-based interventions for a positive impact on P-12 learners. The program is aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and CEC (Council for Exception Children) Standards. Candidates who successfully complete the MAT program requirements, and who have met all GAPSC requirements for certification will be recommended for initial certification in either Special Education-General Curriculum or Special Education-Adapted Curriculum in Georgia. Special Requirements: Candidates must be employed as a special education teacher for students with disabilities appropriate for the candidate’s selected area of certification (i.e., general or adapted) with an Induction certificate (IN4T) or Provisional Certificate (BT); or be professionally certified in another field of study but hold special education certification through passing the GACE special education adapted or general curriculum content assessment; or be certified in a different field of special education (e.g., general curriculum) and seeking certification in adapted curriculum). Additionally, P-12 certification candidates are required to complete field experiences in each of the following grade bands: P-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12. Candidates in the MAT program must demonstrate that they have met this requirement during their coursework. Delivery: The program is fully online, with no on-campus attendance requirements. Courses are asynchronous, there are no scheduled online meetings. Candidates have access to online academic resources, such as the library's academic resources, such as the library. Courses are asynchronous, there are no scheduled online meetings. Technology: Students must have a computer with a current operating system (Windows or Mac) and a digital camera for recording their classroom teaching instruction.

Admissions Information

Online application for admission - a non-refundable $45 application fee must be paid online by debit or credit card.

Submit two (2) official transcripts from each school (undergraduate and graduate) where you have previously enrolled. VSU transcripts will be obtained by the Graduate School.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on all attempted, college-level undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Transcripts must provide documentation of 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.

Provide documentation of passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills or documentation of an exemption based on the GAPSC exemption criteria (documented with score report directly from SAT, ACT, or GRE testing services, or college or high school transcript with posted test scores):

SAT - A minimum SAT score of 1000 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math on score reports dated before July, 1, 2019; a minimum SAT score of 1080 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math on score reports dated on or after July, 1, 2019

ACT - 43 English plus Math

GRE - For tests taken after August 1, 2011: 297 Verbal plus Quantitative. For tests taken prior to August 1, 2011: 1030 Verbal plus Quantitative.

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