M.A.T. Special Education - General Curriculum


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education leads to a Master’s degree and initial P-12 Certification in Special Education - General Curriculum. The course work as well as the field and clinical experiences are aligned to the Council for Exceptional Children’s Initial Special Education General Curriculum Standards and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s standards for special education. The program content focuses on supporting candidates to teach P-12 students with high incidence disabilities in inclusive settings. Candidates are eligible for the Reading Endorsement upon completion of the program and receipt of a Georgia Induction Certificate once hired.

Courses will be delivered in a variety of formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online). All core special education courses are taught face-to-face or hybrid. Face-to-Face courses will be held at KSU in the evenings during the fall and spring semester. Courses during summer term will be offered either in the afternoon or evening. Field experience and clinical experience hours are also required, including a yearlong clinical experience. Field experience hours in each of the following teaching levels are required throughout the program: P-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. These experiences are essential to development as a special educator.

Program of Study

Summer I

  • EDUC 6250 (EDUC I) Learning about Learners
  • EDUC 6255 (EDUC II) Teaching Learners
  • INED 7610 Characteristics of Diverse Learners 

Fall I

  • INED 7663 Instructional Principles
  • INED 7630 Assessment for Diverse Learners
  • INED 6630 Field Experience Seminar I

Spring I

  • INED 7620 Positive Behavior Management Strategies
  • INED 7680 Collaborative Practices
  • INED 6640 Field Experience Seminar II

Summer II

  • ITEC 6200 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
  • INED 7781 Cultural Issues for ESOL Teachers
  • EDRD 6715 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Reading

Fall II

  • INED 6651 Clinical Experience I
  • EDRD 6717 Reading Assessment and Instruction
  • INED 7782 Applied Linguistics

Spring II

  • INED 6661: Clinical Experience II
  • EDRD 6718: Content Area Reading and Writing

TOTAL: 48 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application—There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    Transcripts—Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution.
  • GRE
  • GACE Program Admissions Test
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment
  • PSC Application for Pre-Service Certification will be required if admitted to program
  • Personal Statement—Your statement can be uploaded into the online application. The statement should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interests, the nature of your professional experiences and specific issues you plan to address during the pursuit of your Masters degree.
  • Personal Resume—Your resume can be uploaded into the online application. It should document education, teaching experience, community service, and your record of leadership.
  • Two Personal Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application system
  • Interview—A personal, phone or SKYPE interview may be required. Candidates will be contacted by the Program Coordinator if an interview is needed.
  • Graduate Admissions Application Materials Checklist

* Please note: International Students (Visa and Green Card Holders) should visit KSU's International Graduate Admissions site for additional requirements.

How do I Apply

Please visit the Graduate Admissions Office webpage to complete the application process.
Click Here to view the Application Materials Checklist


April 1 for summer admission.

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6043 or Email us at GradEd@kennesaw.edu