Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education Certification
If you do not currently hold teacher certification or hold a nonrenewable (NR) teacher certification, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) was designed for you. The M.A.T. degree leads to initial teaching certification. Within this program, you will be required to complete a teaching internship. Teaching internship options are within a sixty mile radius of Georgia Southern. An exception is made for the online M.A.T. Concentration in Special Education; your placement will be considered in the region in which you live.
Upon successful completion of all the M.A.T. program requirements, you will be eligible for your T-5 certification and Master’s degree. There are four study concentrations to consider based on your educational background and career goals:
Consider this concentration if you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in counseling, child and family development, English, mathematics, psychology, science, social science, or closely related field and are interested in working with exceptional children of all ages.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Present a transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Director of the Graduate Academic Services Center, and completion of a specified prerequisite content course work. More information about the transcript evaluation process.
- Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
- Present a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
- Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
- Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics–Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
- Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog
- Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
- Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
- International applicants* and U.S. citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. Applicants must take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and post a score of at least 75 (internet-based test, IBT), 204 (computer-based test) or 537 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL. The official TOEFL score may not be more than two years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus prior to admission to the program. For Study Concentration Four (Spanish), candidates are not required to take the TOEFL: rather, those individuals who did not complete their undergraduate degree in the English language must pass an Oral Proficiency Interview and a Writing Proficiency Test in English at the ACTFL-defined IH or above (tests administered by the Department of Foreign Languages).
- If an applicant was previously enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program, an interview must be completed with the Program Coordinator prior to admission to the program.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)
Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.
MyPSC account requirement. As part of the program requirements, once admitted, all applicants must register with the GaPSC. To complete this process for obtaining a myPSC account, please go to the GaPSC website to register: www.gapsc.com
Georgia Pre-Service certificate. Prior to participating in a field experience in the M.A.T. program (which occurs the first semester), all candidates must have a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate. After you receive your admission acceptance, if you are not employed as a teacher in Georgia, you will receive an email from the College of Education with documents required to receive the Pre-Service certification from the GaPSC. Once you provide the information requested in the documents, the information will be sent to the GaPSC by the College of Education Certification Officer.