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Special Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The mission of the special education program is to prepare highly skilled teachers and teacher-educators, as well as to provide leadership to the field of special education at local, state, national and international levels for the purpose of assisting individuals with disabilities in acquiring greater independence in an increasingly diverse, technological, and literacy-intensive global community.


Philosophically, research-based theory and practice are the foundation of our preparation of teachers and teacher-educators, as well as related-service and leadership personnel. Special education is also committed to the preparation of personnel who celebrate and foster inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism.

The programme

Master (M.Ed. and M.A.) degree programs in special education prepare teachers to have advanced competencies in the areas of assessment, positive behavioral supports and specialized instructional methods. Competency in these areas is obtained through didactic and field experiences. Students may major in behavioral disorders, early childhood special education, learning disabilities, or mental retardation. All programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for State Teaching Certification and use the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) standards for special education teachers.

The educational specialist program in special education is a post master degree program. It provides a competency based approach to advanced study for those preparing for leadership positions in applied settings. Although the Ed.S. degree may become the final degree for many individuals, obtaining this degree does not preclude the Ed.S. graduate from later becoming a candidate for the Ph.D. degree. Coursework and resident credit used to satisfy the Ed.S. degree, however, cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of a doctoral degree. Students may seek certification in behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, special education administration, or early childhood special education.

Students may choose to specialize in one of these areas:

  • General curriculum
  • Adapted Curriculum/Autism
  • Birth through kindergarten
Or, customize their program of study to reflect their research interests. This program requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework that includes study in:
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Early intervention (birth through kindergarten)
  • Mild/moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Behavior disorders
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Technology 
  • Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth 
  • Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities 
  • Literacy Development and Intervention for Students with Disabilities 
  • Classroom and Behavior Management 
  • Characteristics of Individuals with Emotional Disabilities 
  • Educational Procedures for Individuals with Emotional Disabilities 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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