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Special Education - General Curriculum

24 months
935 USD/credit 15427 USD/year
935 USD/credit 15427 USD/year
241 USD/credit 3976 USD/year
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The Special Education - General Curriculum program of University of West Georgia leads to certification in grades p-12 and gives the student a Masters degree at the same time.


The Special Education - General Curriculum program of University of West Georgia prepares M.A.T. teacher candidates to teach students with mild disabilities who receive instruction using the general education curriculum and who participate in general statewide assessments. 

Specific categories of mild disabilities include learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, other health impairments, and mild intellectual disability. Teacher candidates are also prepared to teach students in special education preschool settings (ages 3-5 years).


  • 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 develp 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-source 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 their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standardds 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 elarning experiences (CEC Standard 7 - Collaboration).
  • Candiates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to effective instruction of learners with disabilities.
  • Candidates demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instructional Technology
  • Comprehensive Exam for the Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education
  • Special Education in the Regular Classroom
  • Regulations and Requirements in Special Education
  • Educational Characteristics of Learners: Mild Disabilities
  • Classroom Behavior Management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Passing GACE Program Admission Test scores (formerly called GACE Basic Skills) or ACT/SAT/GRE exemption scores
  • Exemptions: 
  • ACT score of 43 or higher (English + Math)
  • SAT exemptions on score reports dated PRIOR to 7/1/19: minimum combined Critical Reading/Verbal and Mathematics score of 1000 OR Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Mathematics (from new SAT administered March 2016 forward) score of 1000
  • SAT exemptions on score reports dated ON or AFTER 7/1/19: minimum combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Mathematics score of 1080

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15427 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 935 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15427 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 935 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    3976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 241 USD per credit during 24 months.


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