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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Special Education

Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact — on our community and beyond.

Specialty Concentrations

  • Overview

    The purpose of the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in special education is to prepare well qualified teachers who demonstrate knowledge and skills in identifying and implementing research-based practices to improve academic and social outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Candidates who complete the MAT will demonstrate competence across the Council for Exceptional Children Professional and Ethical Principles and Special Education Standards for Professional Practice in teaching and assessment.

  • Program Goals

    Graduates of the MAT in special education will:

    • Use evidence, instructional data, research and professional knowledge to inform practice.
    • Identify and use evidence-based practices that are effective in meeting the specific needs of individuals with exceptionalities.
    • Use assessments to accurately measure the learning progress of individuals with exceptionalities, and individualize instruction variables in response to assessment results.
    • Use behavior change practices that are evidence-based and appropriate for individuals with exceptionalities.
    • Advocate for and use positive behavior supports to enhance academic and social outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
    • Create safe, effective and culturally responsive learning environments which contribute to learning for all students, especially those with disabilities.
  • Admission Requirements

    Applications for the special education Master of Arts in Teaching program are considered for summer entrance dates only. The program application deadline is April 1. To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

    Required Documents:

    • Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
    • Unofficial transcripts with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Official transcripts will be required if recommended for admission)
    • Current résumé or vita
    • Personal statement – a writing sample that addresses knowledge, accomplishments and future career goals
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

    An interview, in person or virtually, that reflects strong communication skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching and learning is also a required portion of the admission requirements.

  • Program Requirements

    The program is offered at the University Center of Greenville and requires full-time enrollment to be completed across four semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer).

    EDF 8010 (3 hours) Human Growth and Development
    EDF 8770 (3 hours) Experimental and Nonexperimental Research Methods in Education I
    EDLT 8140 (3 hours) Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
    EDSP 8100* (3 hours) Characteristics of Individuals with LD or 8130 (3 hours) Characteristics of Individuals with EBD or 8160 (3 hours) Characteristics of Individuals with ID and Autism
    EDSP 8120 (3 hours) Practicum in Learning Disabilities
    EDSP 8121 (0 hours) Practicum in Learning Disabilities Laboratory
    EDSP 8200 (3 hours) Language Arts Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities
    EDSP 8210 (3 hours) Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
    EDSP 8220 (3 hours) Teaching Mathematics to Individuals with Disabilities
    EDSP 8230 (3 hours) Teaching Individuals with Disabilities in Integrated Settings
    EDSP 8530 (3 hours) Legal and Policy Issues in Special Education
    EDSP 8550 (3 hours) Intensive Academic Interventions for Individuals with Disabilities
    EDSP 8560 (3 hours) Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Individuals with Disabilities
    EDSP 8580 (6 hours) Directed Teaching in Special Education
    EDSP 8770
    (3 hours) Introduction to Exceptionalities

    *Students will take one of the courses depending on the focus area of the cohort.

    In addition to completion of coursework, all candidates for the MAT in special education must complete the PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching and PRAXIS II Specialty Exam.

  • Faculty

  • Find Out More

    For more information, please fill out this form or visit the Clemson University Graduate School website. For questions regarding the program, please contact Catherine Griffith at or 864-704-9937. If you need assistance with admissions, please contact Alison Search.