2022-2023 Brenau University Catalog 
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2022-2023 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.

All coursework MUST be completed the semester before student teaching or final internship semester.

Prerequisite/Placement Courses

Reading and Writing

Concentration Requirement (12-16 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: 66 - 76

The difference in hours is dependent on which concentration and clinical experience the student chooses.