Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T. Special Education Concentration


This 15-month online program, which only begins in the summer, 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. This online M.A.T. 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. Throughout their online coursework, students have numerous opportunities to use cases and problem-based learning that includes appropriate implementation of evidence-based practices. Additionally, students are required to pass the Praxis. 

Program Distinctions

The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

  • Students have the opportunity to work closely with professors in an environment that fosters growth and emphasizes the delivery of services in integrated settings, with a focus on interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration. 
  • The program focuses on preparing teacher leaders for diverse roles in working with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of educational and community environments.

After Graduation

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. Example careers include special education teacher, inclusion specialist, and resource teacher.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in any field with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a current re­sume, three letters of recommendation (on official letterhead), official transcripts, and Personal Statement of Purpose (goals, past experience, and unique skills). 
  • Applicants must submit all application materials required by The Graduate School by the appropriate deadline.

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