Teacher Education and Higher Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), concentration in Special Education: General Curriculum

This 15-month program prepares candidates for a career as a special education teacher with an initial license in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12. The program is set up as a cohort model in which you take all of your classes as a team. A new cohort begins every June.

Career Opportunities

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Program Contact

Dr. Debra Holzberg, Advisor
422 School of Education Building


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Example Careers:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Inclusion Specialist
  • Resource Teacher

Designed For

The MAT program is designed to provide initial teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum to individuals who have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university in a field other than education and desire to work in K-12 classrooms. The MAT program is designed for individuals seeking initial licensure in special education: general curriculum. Students in the MAT program have consisted of individuals already working in schools, such as teacher assistants or those looking for a career change. This program is ideal for students who need to work from a distance, eliminating travel to campus.

Career Opportunities

Throughout their coursework, students have numerous opportunities to use cases and problem-based learning that includes appropriate implementation of inclusive practices. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are prepared to teach students with disabilities who are following the general curriculum in a variety of inclusive settings. Students complete a student teaching experience effectively preparing them for classroom practice.

Research Opportunities

We value diverse and evidence-based pedagogical, instructional, curricular, and positive behavioral approaches as well as research methodologies designed to produce appropriate learning outcomes for all students.


Program of Study

Total hours: 30-33 credits

Core (9 credits): 

  • TED 545 (3) Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
  • TED 636 (3) Educational Psychology and Differentiated Instruction OR TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory
  • ERM 605 (3) Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Special Education Requirements (21-24 credits):

  • SES 540 (3) Introduction to Special Education
  • SES 641 (3) Assessment in Special Education
  • SES 642 (3) Reading Instruction
  • SES 652 (3) Writing Instruction
  • SES 656 (3) Math and Science Instruction
  • SES 659 (3) Behavior Management

Required Field Experience/Capstone: (3-6 credits):

  • SES 661 (3-6) Student Teaching

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Licensure Process

  • Successful completion of Program of Study and student teaching
  • Successful evaluation of all required assessments using edTPA (Proficiency in North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and Proficiency in Dispositions) during the Spring and Fall semesters.
  • Acceptable scores on both Math and Reading Licensure Exams
    1. Math (Choose one of the following)
      • Person Test 203 – Mathematics Subtest OR
      • Praxis Test 7813: CKT Math Subtest
    2. Reading
      • Pearson Test 090 – Foundations of Reading
    3. PRAXIS II 5543 – Mild to Moderate Disabilities 
  • Application for licensure through School of Education Office of Student Success.

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Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the initial teaching license in special education: general curriculum. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at jibost@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.

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