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

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.

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 score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment.  Effective Fall 2014, a passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment or for admission purposes, applicants to COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimums in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment : GRE – 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011, or 305 (Verbal and Quantitative Combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011.  MAT – 400.  Applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from Georgia College, will automatically waive the application testing requirement without the need to petition.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College, will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.
    1. Minimal GPA of 2.5
    2. Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Basic Assessment
    3. Clear background check
    4. Verification of immunization
    5. 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.
    6.  The applicant needs to complete the PreService_Application_Package available here  (pdf).   If accepted to the program for which application is being made, Georgia College will submit these forms to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to request a Pre-Service certificate.  The PSC does not charge a fee for these forms, which give the PSC permission to perform a background check.  The affidavit for Verification of Legal Presence must be completed with a notary public.  A copy of the identification document taken to the notary, usually a GA driver’s license, needs to be included.  Here (.pdf) is a list of some campus notaries.  Campus notaries do not charge a fee.

 The Graduate Writing Assessment (GWA) is waived for applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master's degree from Georgia College.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.


Additional Requirement
Students must pass the appropriate GACE tests in order to be recommended for 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


Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Admission Advisor
CBX 70 228 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383

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