CREST-Ed Teacher Residency

Ph.D. programSpecial Education M.A.T.

Certification areas: Special Education Adapted Curriculum (Intellectual Disabilities), Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Special Education Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments), Special Education General Curriculum (Behavior/Learning Disabilities)

The M.A.T. major in Special Education prepares students to teach children with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, attention disorders, emotional behavior disorders, mild intellectual disabilities); moderate, severe, and profound intellectual disabilities; autism spectrum disorders; physical and health disabilities (orthopedic impairments); students who are deaf and hard of hearing; or young children with disabilities. The students are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies, and classroom management procedures.

The M.A.T. degree program contains those courses required for professional certification within each certification area listed. Students who first complete a planned program of study developed with their faculty advisor, and then successfully complete the entire program of study and program requirements (including prerequisites and required coursework and passing scores on the GACE Content Assessments for their concentration) receive a M.A.T. in Special Education and will be recommended by GSU for a clear renewable certificate in the special education concentration that they completed. In the case students elect to only receive the certification and not the Master’s degree, all coursework and program requirements indicated for certification only on the Program of Study must be successfully completed. Due to the permeable and iterative design of the program, courses in some of the concentrations must be taken in sequence beginning in the fall. Consult your advisor.

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All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Please see as follows the number of teacher candidates who passed the edTPA out of the total number of candidates who successfully submitted the edTPA in the program, subject-specific area.

Elementary Education: PreK – 5th Grades - 99/100
Special Education - 9/9

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Program of Study 

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