Special Education M.A.T.

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. Cohorts start each June and the program is 100% online. 

  • Admission requirements include:
    • University Admissions Form
    • two professional recommendations (pdf)
    • GPA Requirement:

      Option 1: Applicants who have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from a regionally accredited university may be considered for unconditional admission to College of Education graduate programs.


      Option 2: Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 from a regionally accredited university may be considered for admission to a College of Education graduate program should the undergraduate GPA from the last 60 hours of coursework be equal to, or greater than 2.75.

    • Official copies of all transcripts
    • Resume
    • Verification of Immunization
    • GACE Program Admission Assessment (or qualifying Professional Standards Commission exemption such as minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis, and other state tests). Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) who enroll in initial preparation programs for the purpose of adding a new field of certification are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement.

    • Testing document showing completion of GACE 350 – Program Entry Ethics
    • Completion of the Pre-Service Application  

Note: Candidates must hold an IN4T or Pre-Service certification in Special Education
All candidates, including those who are teacher-of-record, must teach in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

Application decisions will be made between April 2nd and April 10th for all completed applications received on or before the priority deadline of April 1st.
For completed applications received after April 1st, decisions will be made on the 30th of April.

Degree Requirements

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Dr. Stephen Wills
Special Education Program Coordinator
John H. Lounsbury College of Education
Room 228A

Dr. Rob Sumowski
Special Education Program Coordinator
John H. Lounsbury College of Education
Room 217B

Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Director CBX 70 Georgia College
217A Kilpatrick Education Center
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383  Fax: 478-445-6582

John H. Lounsbury College of Education
202A Kilpatrick Education Center  |  Campus Box 79
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-7368
Fax: (478) 445-6582