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Special Education General Curriculum (M.A.T.)

Available at the Macon Center Campus


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Special Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Most candidates do not currently hold clear, renewable certification; some candidates hold clear, renewable certificates in distantly related teaching fields (e.g., Physical Education, Business Education). Students are expected to begin and matriculate with their cohort for satisfactory completion of the degree program. Students who fail to satisfactorily meet any of the decision point requirements will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Students must hold temporary certification from the Georgia PSC in General Special Education and be employed in a school system as a condition of admission and will complete internship requirements in their classroom under the supervision of Georgia College faculty and a school-based mentor teacher. Students employed as paraprofessionals and meeting all other requirements for admission may request an exemption from this requirement.

The cohort begins in January of every year.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application Form
  2. Two professional recommendations (pdf)
  3. Official copies of all transcripts
  4. Passing scores on the Graduate Writing Assessment
  5. Minimal GPA of 2.25
  6. Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Basic Assessment
  7. Clear background check
  8. Verification of immunization
  9. Applicant needs to submit testing document showing completion of GACE 350 – Program Entry Ethics as required for admission to a program. To do this, the applicant will need to create a MyPSC account at www.gapsc.com using his legal name as shown on a driver’s license or other ID document, and select testing Reason #7, “I am taking the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment.”, select Georgia College & State University on the Program tab, and select GACE 350 on the Assessment tab. Then he should register for the assessment at www.gace.ets.org/ethics, pay the $30 fee online, indicate Georgia College & State University as a score recipient, complete the seven modules in 2.5-3 hours, and include the results document in the application packet.
  10. The applicant needs to complete Page 1 and Page 3 of the PSC Certification Application, indicating “Pre-Service certificate” in Section 3, and include these pages in the application. Signature on Page 3 give the PSC permission to conduct a background check. Page 2 is not needed and transcripts are not needed.  There is no fee for the Pre-Service certificate. The PSC Certification Application form is attached as Application (pdf).
  11. The applicant needs to complete and include the VLPforms (pdf), Verification of Lawful Presence, attached. The first page is the VLP form. The affidavit is on the third page and must be completed with a notary public. A copy of the identification document, usually a GA driver’s license, needs to be included. Here (xlsx, Excel file) is a list of some campus notaries.
Additional Requirement
Students must pass the appropriate GACE tests in order to be recommended for certification.

Certification
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, a candidate may be recommended for a T-5 (master's degree level) State of Georgia Teacher's Certificate.


Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca McMullen
Program Coordinator for Special Education
Campus Box 072 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
rebecca.mcmullen@gcsu.edu
478-445-4577
 
Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Admission Advisor
shanda.brand@gcsu.edu
CBX 70 220 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383
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