Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.): Special Education (PK-12)


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The MAT in Special Education leads to a Master’s degree and initial P-12 Certification in Special Education General Curriculum. Candidates are eligible for the Reading Endorsement upon completion and receipt of their Georgia clear renewable teaching certificate.

How long will it take to complete?
Students complete the 42 credit hours (minimum) of coursework over a period of 4 semesters (including the summer).

What certificate level are you eligible for?
Initial P-12 certification in Special Education and Reading Endorsement.

Program of Study

Summer (9 credit hours)

  • INED 7710: Foundations in Special Education
  • INED 7650: Curriculum and instruction for
    students with Disabilities
  • EDRD 6715: Introduction to Theory and
    Pedagogy in the Study of Reading

Fall I (12 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6610: Introduction to Yearlong Clinical
  • INED 6651: SPED Yearlong Clinical Experience I
  • INED 7630: Assessment for Diverse Learners
  • INED 7660: Evidence-Based Instruction For
    Students with Disabilities in the Content Areas
  • EDRD 6717: An Introduction to Reading
    Assessment & Instruction

Spring I (12 credit hours)

  • INED 6661: SPED Yearlong Clinical Experience II
  • INED 7620: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • EDRD 6718: Content Area Reading and Writing

Summer II (9 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6240: Psychological Foundations of Education
  • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • INED 7780: Collaborative Practices

TOTAL: 42 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Must possess the following beyond the general KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements:  

  • Degree – Bachelor’s degree.
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment – Uploaded to graduate application. Information may be found on the GACE Ethics website.  You may print a copy of your completion certification from the GACE Ethics test taker website.
  • Professional Resume – Uploaded to graduate application.  Should document education, any teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.
  • Reference Forms – Forms and their directions are in the online graduate application. Please do not submit letters of recommendation. Only the forms completed via the graduate application will be accepted. These two forms of recommendation must come from an educational professional or someone who can attest to your abilities to become a successful educator.
  • Professional Reflections Statement – Uploaded to graduate application.  Should be 1-2 pages and explain what has led to your decision to become an educator. 


Enrolls Summer - May 1 deadline
Enrolls Fall - July 1 deadline

Contact Us

For more information regarding the MAT in Special Education, please contact Dr. Denise Ross at