2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog 
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2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education (M.A.T.)

The M.A.T. in Special Education is an initial certification program designed for candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree. In addition to all the course requirements, students must pass the Teaching Field Content Exams for academic content area (GACE) prior to placement with a school system to student teach.

* This symbol is part of the title of the course as this course is applicable to the Liberal Education curriculum as well.

§ = Required for admission to teacher education.

¥ = Contains Field Experience.

Prerequisite/Placement Courses

Reading and Writing

Concentration Requirement (15-16 hours)

The major in special education has one area of content concentration (outside of the special education and reading requirements) with subject matter from one of the following disciplines: language arts, mathematics, reading, science or social studies.

Language Arts



One of the science electives must be a four semester-hour lab science. This concentration requires 16 hours.

  •  ¥
  • Earth/Space Science Credits / Units: 3-4

  • Physical Science Credits / Units: 3-4

  • Life Science Elective Credits / Units: 3-4

  • Science Elective Credits / Units: 3-4

Social Studies

Clinical Experience

A total of 9-12 hours of clinical experience is required. Choose from student teaching (9 hours) for one semester or the internship experience (12 hours) over several semesters.

Field Experience: Will have field experience in each of the following grade levels: P-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 in designated courses. The courses are noted with the symbol: ¥.


Total Graduate Semester Hours Required for Degree: 54 - 60

The difference in hours is dependent on which concentration and clinical experience the student chooses. Undergraduate coursework applied toward the concentration content requirements are included in the hours required for the degree; however, undergraduate coursework taken elsewhere than Brenau will not display on the student’s Brenau transcript.