Masters Program Details

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24 months | Credit Hours: 33

The Special Education MAT program is a 24 month program available for individuals who hold an existing, approved degree in any field.  This program leads to certification in grades p-12 and gives the student a Masters degree at the same time. 

Program Description

This degree is housed in the College of Education, Department of Learning and Teaching for Special Education. Upon completion of this program, the candidate will meet the requirements to teach in grades p-12 in Georgia while also completing the requirements for a master's degree.

Method of Delivery

In the Special Education MAT, depending on a student's previous undergraduate coursework completed, the student may be required to take up to 5 additional courses to meet a concentration requirement in reading, math, science, social studies, or language arts.  These courses may or may not be online. 

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 33
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9

Tuition & Fees

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools. Students will pay for 33 hours of tuition plus a $150 internship supervision fee and current University fees.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information on fees and tuition, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

The program requires 33 hours of coursework if the student has all the necessary prerequisites for admission.  It involves both classroom and clinical experiences.  Many of the courses are delivered online.  Others are offered at times that accomodate working professionals. The Special Education MAT is housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching.

Up-to-date Program Sheets detailing programs of study are View Program Sheet . Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

General:

Regulations and Requirements in Special Education - SPED-6709

Description: An examination of laws and official policies influencing practice in special education, particularly those applicable to service providers. Includes coverage of federal and Georgia rules, as well as recommendations, policies, and practices related to IEPs. Also includes attention to relevant codes of ethics for teachers.

Educational Characteristics of Learners: Mild Disabilities - SPED-6715

Description: This course focuses on characteristics of students with mild disabilities who are included in the general education curriculum, as well as preschoolers with disabilities (disabilities covered by certification in Special Education-General Curriculum). It emphasizes knowledge of state and federal disability definitions; key characteristics, including developmental aspects and basic needs across the lifespan; and the impact of diversity on individuals, families, and communities. Support systems and resources to assist students with disabilities are reviewed.

Classroom Behavior Management - SPED-6761

Description: Theoretical formulation and practical applications of behavioral techniques, especially as they apply to management and control of behavior in the school.

Basic Curriculum and Methods: General Curriculum - SPED-6766

Description: This course focuses on matching learner characteristics and needs to appropriate research-based learning strategies and enabling teachers to use research-based content enhancement routines to facilitate learning, particularly for students with mild disabilities who are included in the general curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on planning, teaching, and assessing strategy usage as well as planning, implementing, and assessing content enhancement routines.

ADVANCED CURRICULUM AND METHODS: GENERAL CURRICULUM - SPED-6767

Description: This course assists in preparing educators to enter educational settings ready to operate within the new paradigm of differentiation of instruction and collaboration within school. There is a strong focus on respecting the roles various persons play, whether it is professional, family member or student, and how these roles support each other in the process of designing effective programs for students, particularly those with disabilities. Much of the discussion will center on inclusive settings.

Practicum I: Special Education - SPED-6792

Description: Supervised practicum in an approved setting in which students identified as having specific disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education - General Curriculum are being served. Course includes seminars and outside readings/assignments as well as in-program activities. Course is designed to be taken towards/at the end of the student's program.

Practicum II: Special Education - SPED-6793

Description: Supervised practicum in an approved setting in which students identified as having disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education-General Curriculum are being served. Course includes seminars and outside readings/assignments as well as in-program activities. Course is designed to be taken toward/at the end of the student’s program. SPED 6767 should be completed or taken concurrently with this course.

Assessment in Special Education - SPED-7721

Description: A comprehensive study of diagnosis and assessment, emphasizing test and measurements, formal and informal assessment, test administration, and use of diagnostic results in educational intervention for students identified as having emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and mild intellectual disability (MID).

COLLABORATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION - SPED-7722

Description: This course assists in preparing educators to enter educational settings ready to operate within the new paradigm of collaboration rather than that of an isolated professional. There is a strong focus on respecting the roles various persons play, whether it be professional, family member, or student, and how these roles support each other in the process of designing effective programs for students, particularly those with disabilities. Much of the discussion will center around inclusive settings.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Students must hold a bachelor's degree in any accepted area for Special Education MAT from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
  • A 2.5 GPA is required for unconditional admission.
  • Passing GACE Program Admission Test scores (formerly called GACE Basic Skills) or ACT/SAT/GRE exemption scores or an earned Master's degree is required for admission.
  • Passing GACE content scores are not required for special education admission.

Application Deadlines

To guarantee that your application will be reviewed for admission for the semester you are applying, the online application, application fee, and official transcripts for all colleges or universities attended must be submitted by the deadline posted.

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - Nov 30
  • Summer - Apr 15

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6125 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:drichard@westga.edu

Dr. Jessica Bucholz (Coordinator for Special Education MAT) jbucholz@westga.edu 678-839-6161

Bethany Schmelzer (Advisor) bschmelz@westga.edu 678-839-5539

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates understand how exceptionalities can interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities (CEC Standard 1 – Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences).
  • Candidates create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination (CEC Standard 2 – Learning Environments).
  • Candidates use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities (CEC Standard 3 – Curricular Content Knowledge).
  • Candidates use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions (CEC Standard 4 – Assessment).
  • Candidates select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities (CEC Standard 5 – Instructional Planning and Strategies).
  • Candidates use foundational knowledge of the field and the their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession (CEC Standard 6 – Professional Learning and Ethical Practice).
  • Candidates collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences (CEC Standard 7 – Collaboration).
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to effective instruction of learners with disabilities.
  • Candidates demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions.