Special Education General Curriculum MAT-Dyslexia Endorsement Track
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Special Education degree is designed for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field who wish to obtain a teaching certificate and master's degree in Special Education. The MAT-Dyslexia Endorsement Track provides professional and pedagogical studies that develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and habits of beginning teachers of students with disabilities with an emphasis on working with students with Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for a T-5 level teaching certification in Special Education General Curriculum and an additional Dyslexia Endorsement. The total number of hours required for the program is 49-53 depending on whether the student needs to complete a Teaching Internship (6 hours) or Student Teaching(10 hours).
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. In addition to the degree requirements, there are further requirements for teaching certification. Visit the Certification page on the CSU Center for Quality Teaching and Learning (CQTL) website for detailed information about certification requirements and the certification process.
Successful completion of the M.A.T. program and passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) basic skills and content tests allow the candidate to be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for teacher certification at the T-5 level (i.e., the letter “T” indicates that the certificate is in a teaching field and the number “5” indicates that the candidate’s highest degree is a master’s degree recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission).
Program of Study
|Area A: Foundation Courses|
|EDCI 6227||Foundations of Education - Human Development, Motivation, and Learning||2|
|EDCI 6228||Foundations of Education - Special Education (Minimum grade of B is required)||3|
|Area B: Graduate Core|
|EDUF 6116||Educational Research Methods||3|
|SPED 6786||Special Educator as User and Disseminator of Information||3|
|Area C: Teaching Field Studies|
|SPED 3215||Assessment and Prescription in Special Education||3|
|SPED 3275||Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities||3|
|SPED 4245||Methods and Materials for Teaching Children with Mild and Moderate Disabilities||3|
|SPED 6189||Nature and Characteristics of Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities||3|
|SPED 6265||Advanced Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth||3|
|SPED 6295||Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities||3|
|Area D: Concentration|
|SPED 6136||History and Characteristics of Individuals with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities||3|
|SPED 6137||Assessment and intervention of Individuals with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities||3|
|EDRG 6148||Psychology of Reading: Understanding Readers and the Reading Process||3|
|EDRG 6118||Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading in P-5 and Special Education||3|
|or EDRG 6116||Integrating Literacy Strategies in the Middle Grades|
|Area D: Practice of Education|
|EDUF 6125||Classroom Management||2|
|EDCI 6698||Teaching Internship (6 hrs)||6-10|
|or EDCI 6485||Student Teaching|
|EDUF 6000||M.Ed. Exit Examination||0|
|Total Credit Hours||49-53|
- Degree in related field or a minimum of 25 semester hours of approved coursework
- Transcript evaluation to determine content courses needed for certification.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
- Statement of Purpose
- Two letters of reference
- Admission to Teacher Education – Go to http://safe.columbusstate.edu/teacher_ed.php for additional information.
Additional Program Requirements
- Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies
- Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses
- A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence
- A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a masters degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student’s advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred
- All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.
An active TK20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. TK20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.
For additional information about the program and admission to CSU, contact COEHP Graduate Studies at 706-568-2301.
- Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics of the learner with special needs including those with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use and administration of assessment instruments and strategies to identify and monitor the progress of students with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
- Demonstrate an understanding of high-quality evidence-based reading instruction
- Demonstrate competence in instructional strategies and techniques
- Demonstrate competence in classroom management
- Demonstrate competence in communication and consultation